Spooky support flies in for baby Ethan

A fundraising dad went all out to spook the neighbours and bring out the ghostly ghouls in aid of Birmingham Children’s Hospital after ongoing care for his youngest son, Ethan.

The Maclellan family home on the Woodloes transformed into a spooky haunted graveyard for one night in October - complete with fog, skeletons and even a life-sized Frankenstein’s monster.

And peeling back his Halloween mask, father-of-two James said it was simply the ideal way to do something the family loved to bring in funds for the hospital that has done so much for his baby boy.

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Ethan has been undergoing regular treatment at the hospital since his birth last September when he was diagnosed with an underdeveloped brain.

He is still unable to properly support his head and has trouble eating or keeping food down meaning he now has a feeding tube into his stomach.

After being joined by his eldest son Tristan and wife Laura in dressing up and encouraging neighbours to enjoy the show in return for a donation, James said they cannot thank people enough for making it a spooky spectacular not to be forgotten.

He said: “We had an amazing response, people loved the garden and everything we set up, it was incredible to see the children’s reactions. I just don’t know how we will top it next year.”

All £1,200 raised will go to the children’s wards where Ethan continues treatment.

Miranda Williams, fundraising manager at the hospital said: “We want to say a massive thank you to James and Laura for organising such a fantastic Halloween event.

“The money they raised will help make a difference to the lives of our brave children and their families as we continue our plans to improve facilities – enabling us to treat even more children.”