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Ramzy Alwakeel, Reporter
Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Moving house isn’t normally an activity you’d associate with fundraising – but if you’ve got a property to sell you could help raise thousands for a brave Upminster mum battling terminal cancer.
Lauren Dixon, 30, was diagnosed in 2011.
She believes a drug called Avastin could help prolong her life and give her more time with her children, St Joseph’s Primary School pupils Ellie and Joshua.
Now, supported by her determined friends, she’s on a mission to bag as much cash as possible to pay for the drug, helped shrink her tumours when she tried it privately.
Mum-of-two Lauren first appeared in the Recorder back in June after allegedly being told she didn’t “tick the right boxes” to receive the treatment on the NHS. Avastin costs £5,000 a month and £25,000 to commence.
Now long-time friend Jamie Stein, 34, has found a way to use his business to help her.
Jamie’s estate agent’s firm Carrington Gray Ltd will donate a third of its fee for any house it sells in Havering – if the owners mention Lauren’s name.
The same goes for anyone who wants Carrington Gray to rent out a Havering property.
“I’ve known Lauren since I was about 20,” said big-hearted Jamie, of George Street. “I was a boy racer in Romford and she used to go to the ice rink. We hung around in the same circles and became friends.
“These things shouldn’t happen to good people. Lauren’s a nice person and she’s got two young kids.
“She’s doing this for them, not for herself.”
The firm takes a 1 per cent cut of all final house prices, of which a third will go to Lauren’s fund, so just a handful of sales could put thousands in Lauren’s kitty.
Lauren is currently on a course of chemotherapy that has slowed the cancer’s progress. She hopes to start Avastin after Christmas, having raised £70,000 – enough for 13 months’ treatment.
If you’d like to sell or let your house and raise cash for Lauren’s fund in the process, call Jamie on 020 8520 2473
(office hours) or 07769 711 449. You must quote Lauren’s name.