Road crash teen’s family plan summer ball for charities

Melanie Allen (right), from Balloon Artworks, with members of the Heads Up team.
Melanie Allen (right), from Balloon Artworks, with members of the Heads Up team.

The family and friends of a Belper man who survived a horror motorbike crash are to hold a charity ball to help victims of head injury.

Callum Bradley was 17 when he came off his motorcycle on the A610 in November 2014, leaving him with life-threatening injuries.

Fortunately he made a good recovery and, together with his family, has since dedicated himself to Heads Up for Callum, an initiative raising funds and awareness for charities, hospitals and support services.

Callum said: “You often hear about motor vehicle accidents on the news, but never assume you’ll be directly affected by a life-changing situation. To give something back is very humbling.”

The next step in his family’s fundraising campaign will be a lavish summer ball on Friday June 16, at Blackbrook House in Belper.

The aim now is to raise as much as possible for Headway Derby, Derbyshire BloodBikes and Derbyshire Appropriate Adult Service.

Callum’s aunt Louise Bradley is organising the event and said: “We are appealing to local people to purchase tickets and support local services.

“After all, you never know when you are going to need them - we certainly didn’t.”

Louise is also seeking support from local businesses who could be part of the ball or donate raffle prizes.

Among those already involved is Ironville artist Melanie Allen and her Balloon Artworks company, who will be entertaining guests with live demonstrations and stunning sculptures.

Melanie said: “We’re delighted to be supporting Louise and her family. They have been through so much, yet they are still committed to giving something back to support people with head injuries, whether from illness, stroke or accidents.”

For more details, contact Louise on 07976 283763.