Charity car wash at Hornchurch Fire Station open day for Upminster mum Lauren Dixon, battling cancer, raises £500

PUBLISHED: 12:28 14 August 2013 | UPDATED: 13:16 14 August 2013

Volunteers wash cars for Lauren Dixon's cancer fund at Hornchurch Fire Station

Volunteers wash cars for Lauren Dixon's cancer fund at Hornchurch Fire Station


Fire engines weren’t the only vehicles turning heads at Hornchurch Fire Station this month.

A charity car wash in aid of Lauren Dixon’s cancer fund took over the forecourt as the fire station held an open day on Sunday, August 4, attracting about 60 cars – including a flashy Mercedes SLS.

Visitors were treated to tours of the engines as well as displays and talks on fire engines and equipment.

The firefighters also gave advice on fire safety in the home.

And Upminster mum Lauren brought her “Lauren’s Angels” supporters, who raised about £500 through car washes and donations.

“The sun was out and a great day was had by all,” said Lauren, “in particular the children who were brought to have fun on the fire engines.

“A special note of thanks to all who brought their cars for Lauren’s Angels to wash and the many donations kindly received.”

Lauren, who has been battling cancer since 2008, is appealing for help paying for private treatment, after she was unable to get the drug Avastin – which had helped shrink her tumours as part of a private health insurance plan – on the NHS.

Thanks to friends, family and Recorder readers, mum-of-two Lauren has successfully raised the £25,000 she needs to commence treatment.

Her focus has now turned to raising enough to keep her on the £5,000-a-month drug for as long as possible.

You can make donations through Lloyds TSB bank to sort code 771305, account number 25284868, or send cash through Paypal to

Alternatively, call the Recorder news desk on 020 8477 3903.

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