Art auction to help Burnley Crohn’s Disease sufferer Callum (11)

Graham Slade burnley art auction
Graham Slade burnley art auction

A BIG art auction is being held to help a little Burnley boy suffering from Crohn’s Disease.

Callum Slade (11), of Irene Street, struggles with the incurable illness which affects his whole digestive system.

The Ridgewood pupil, who dreams of becoming a footballer, suffers pain, fatigue and breathlessness from the chronic condition which is uncommon in young people.

Now the Art House in Burnley is planning to help the youngster, and other sufferers like him, by hosting the charity exhibition and art auction on Saturday night.

The Curzon Street venue hopes to raise money for Crohn’s in Childhood Research Awareness.

Paintings and artwork from local artists will go under the hammer at the champagne and strawberries evening. Visitors will also be able to speak to the artists and 10% of any purchases will be donated to the charity.

Callum’s dad Graham (42), who runs the Art House, explained that his son was diagnosed with the condition several years ago.

He said: “We thought he had a bug but a couple of days later he just started bleeding. We had to take him to a specialist who diagnosed him.

“It is a very intrusive disease. It affects his whole body.

“Callum spends a lot of time in hospital. It saps all his energy. It is a very life-changing disease and it will never go away.”

Graham, who opened the Art House two months ago, said that there was little support available locally for young families affected by the disease and wanted to do something to help.

He said: “We decided to have a charity art auction and champagne and strawberries evening to try and raise money and awareness.

“It is all art work from local artists. There is some very high value pieces in there.”

The art exhibition and auction will be held on Saturday from 6pm to 9pm.

Admission is free to the event but donations are welcomed.