Terminally ill mother hosts fundraising day at town pub

Rebecca Lawrence
Rebecca Lawrence

A mother of three from Daventry who has terminal cancer has organised a fundraising day on Saturday.

Rebecca Lawrence, 33, from the Grange estate is hosting a wide range of activities at The Pike and Eel and the Nene Hall on the same estate.

There will be some stalls selling a wide range of goods, a tombola, a raffle and a silent auction.

Six men will be having their legs waxed and there will be a bouncy castle and face painter. The day will be finished off with the final event from 8pm when a karaoke and disco is to be held.

Miss Lawrence has breast cancer which has spread to her lungs. She is now hoping to raise funds for Coppafeel!, run by Daventry girl Kristin Hallenga, and the oncology unit of Northampton General Hospital.

She hopes to raise £1,500 in total so she can give £750 to each organisation.

The most recent fundraising event held was at The Dun Cow in Brook Street, Davenntry on Wednesday, March 4 which raised £160.

Other fundraising events have seen quiz nights held at the same pub and another quiz night among her former colleagues at Daventry Job Centre which have raised £807.

Miss Lawrence said: “I am hoping that we can reach the target with the fundraising day, we have some fantastic entertainment.

“A lot of the businesses in the town centre have been able to donate prizes towards the event and that has made a massive difference to our events. A big thank you to everyone who has donated something.

“We will also be having a ribbon tree at the Pike and Eel because we are raising awareness of different kinds of cancers.”

Miss Lawrence was diagnosed with breast cancer in March and had a left breast mastectomy in April, followed by chemotherapy. It was during tests that it was discovered the cancer had travelled to her lung.

However, she has been told recently the cancer has grown and has had to restart chemotherapy. She has also had to retire from her work at Daventry Job Centre.

Miss Lawrence, whose children are aged 10, eight and 19 months old, said: “I had originally booked this fundraiser for this time thinking that I would be well enough to host the event.

“However, I have been back on the chemotherapy the week before the fundraiser so I am going to be very tired after the event is over.

“I am getting a lot of support and help in putting on this event and I know that the money I raise will make a massive difference and that is very important to me.

“I just hope that as many people as possible come along on the day and support the two fantastic organisations.”