More home time hopes for brave tot

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Doctors hope a new cancer treatment in 2022 means Appin tot Matthew Innes will spend more time at home instead of hospital.

The youngster’s next type of chemotherapy treatment, due to start in the New Year, could mean the majority of time he can get it at home from mum Carolyn Brown, although he will still have to spend about 10 days every month in hospital in Glasgow to receive antibodies.

Donations are still pouring into Appin Community Fire Station’s online appeal for Neuroblastoma UK after the crew in their full kit and village police officer Stuart Johnston cycled around Loch Creran and back in aid of the charity supporting Matthew’s family.

Thanks to well-wishers the appeal is now approaching the £5,000 mark, which is awesome, says Carolyn.

More fundraising is planned for 2022 – this time for the ward at the Royal Hospital for Children in Glasgow, where Matthew is cared for.

Carolyn said: ‘We are still being blown away by people’s generosity. The fire station’s Justgiving page is staying open a bit longer for Neuroblastoma UK and we are planning on doing some more fundraising in the next couple of months as a thank you to the ward looking after Matthew. Depending on Covid restrictions, we’d like to plan a ceilidh.’

Carolyn’s sister-in-law Mairi Innes recently chopped her long locks off to help others undergoing treatment for Neuroblastoma and donated her cut-off hair to The Little Princess Trust who make wigs for children having cancer treatment.

Matthew, who is 23 months old, was  diagnosed eight months ago after doctors first thought he was ill because of an ear infection.

Tests later revealed that every bone in his body was affected by cancer and surgeons had to remove half of his liver where a tumour the size of a Coca-Cola can was growing.

Mum Carolyn and dad Calum Innes got worried after Matthew started to get really clingy. He had never wanted to be held before and had just wanted to be playing all the time but then it changed. He would not eat, was not taking water and stopped sleeping through the night.

Carolyn continued: ‘Matthew’s latest scans were looking good and that’s all we can ask for. We take each day as it comes and are staying positive, helped by all the support and kindness we are being shown.’

You can still make a donation to or to find out more about The Little Princess Trust go here