Fun-filled festival held in Kineton in memory of six-year-old boy - The Leamington Observer

Fun-filled festival held in Kineton in memory of six-year-old boy

A FUN-packed festival in memory of a six-year-old boy was held in Kineton to raise cash for Brain Tumour Research.

TayFest was organised by the family and friends of Taylan Kurtul who died in February.

The festival was aimed at under 12s and offered an afternoon of fun activities including a foam party, disco, football, Taekwondo, circus skills and appearances from Spiderman and Batman.

It raised over £4,000 which will go to Tay’s tribe – a group set up by Taylan’s parents Laura and Toygun, fundraising for Brain Tumour Research.

Laura said: “It was an emotional day for Tay’s dad Toygun and me seeing his picture everywhere and his friends having such a great time doing things that Tay would have loved – especially the foam party and meeting Spider-Man. Thank you to everyone who helped with the organisation and running of TayFest – I couldn’t have done it without you.

“And it meant so much to us that so many people turned up to support the event – we beat our fundraising target of £4,000, which makes me super proud. Next year we’ll be back bigger, better and bolder.”

Laura’s friend Lottie Campion, who was one of the chief organisers, continued: “Taylan was the happiest, most outdoorsy little boy. He was so affectionate, kind and funny. His death from a brain tumour seems so random and frightening – it could happen to any of us with our little children. No one should have to lose their child – it’s heartbreaking.”

Taylan was diagnosed in May 2023, then aged five, with an aggressive medulloblastoma brain tumour after suffering with headaches, feeling sick and exhausted and later becoming unsteady on his feet and losing his balance.

After a seven-hour surgery at Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham, he suffered posterior fossa syndrome (PFS), a collection of distressing neurological symptoms which in Taylan’s case included being unable to sit up, walk or eat, visual problems and losing the ability to speak.

Taylan was put on a six-week course of proton beam therapy at The Christie in Manchester while still suffering from PFS. By the time the family returned home, Tay seemed to be starting to return to some normality again.

However, an MRI scan in October showed tumour spread across the surface of Taylan’s brain and spine.

Brain tumours kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer, yet just one per cent of the national spend on cancer research has been allocated to this disease since records began in 2002.

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