September 18 2014 Latest news:
by Harriet Orrell, Reporter
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
The kindness of strangers has been “absolutely amazing” for cancer sufferer Carly Lovett and her family who are relying on the “miracle” drug Avastin to prolong her life.
Since her story appeared in the Recorder last week the 31-year-old mum has received around £6,400 in donations to help pay for her brain cancer treatment which is not available on the NHS.
Her husband, David, 31, said: “People are really aware of the situation now.
“We have had a lot more donations going in, people helping out and more people saying they are going to do stuff to raise money.”
With Avastin costing £2,500 a fortnight, the money raised this week will pay for just over a month’s worth of the drug, allowing Carly more precious time with her seven-month-old son Joshua.
People have been giving what they can, whether it be their time, raffle prizes or a donation.
One benefactor gave the family a cheque for £2,500, another donated an iPad Mini and Woodlane Flortists in Dagenham have offered to make a special bouquet for an upcoming raffle.
David said: “We had a couple of cheques dropped round from distant relatives who didn’t really realise the situation because this is the first time some people would have really heard what is happening.”
Carly’s sister, Donna Bush, who is heavily involved in the fundraising side of things said: “A lot of people have been very generous and a few got in contact with me to do their own events.
“It’s been absolutely amazing.”
The next big event will be a back to school disco at Dagenham and Redbridge Football Club where everyone must squeeze into their school uniform or face a £1 fine.
Last weekend Carly was the bridesmaid at her best friend’s wedding and that wouldn’t have been possible without the Avastin which has cost them £20,000 so far.
David said: “We can’t thank the Recorder enough.
“Even if it is just raising awareness of the situation for everybody else, that it is wrong and this should be funded.”
A fundraising page has been set up for donations by Carly’s aunt and has seen almost £3,000 donated in the last week.
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