December 20 2013 Latest news:
Beth Wyatt, Reporter
Saturday, September 14, 2013
The sister of a Harold Wood cancer sufferer who faced the threat of her car being respossessed because she was struggling with her payments has thanked Recorder readers for their support.
Teresa Briley spoke out after our article on Lyn Oliver, 44, who appealed to Ford to lessen her bills but was turned down.
Since the story broke, however, the company has written to Macmillan Cancer Support to agree to offer Lyn reduced payments for a number of months.
Teresa, 52, said: “Everyone was totally disgusted by the way she was treated by Ford. They were all posting comments on Facebook.
“People were asking what they could do to help and friends got in touch saying they never knew Lyn had cancer.
“She still has to find a lot of money, but at least the company is not taking her car back.”
Lyn, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in May, will now pay £100 a month instead of £295, but in January, when she hopes to return to work, her payments will return to the full amount.
She will also have to pay £78 in arrears each month for 10 months.
Lyn, who survives on £86 a week in statutory sick pay, is undergoing chemotherapy until October, when she will begin her radiotherapy treatment.
Keeley Trew, a friend of Teresa’s daughter Julie, is having her head shaved on September 18 to raise money for her.
She suggested the idea after finding out about Lyn’s financial problems.
Teresa said: “Keeley’s absolutely petrified now as she’s just got her hair the way she likes it. But she really wants to do it for Lyn.
“Lyn’s very ill at the moment, the chemotherapy’s really affected her, but all the support has given her a little bit of a lift, now she doesn’t feel so alone.”