Your help needed at Potters Bar fundraising event for cancer patient Ryan Cox
PUBLISHED: 14:10 06 February 2018 | UPDATED: 12:45 08 February 2018
A family is appealing for help making a family fun day in Potters Bar in aid of a father-of-two’s medical costs.
Ryan Cox, who was diagnosed with cancer in May 2017, told the Welwyn Hatfield Times last week (January 17) that he was “beyond grateful” at the support a JustGiving page has received - which now stands at over £16,000.
But 29-year-old Ryan’s partner Lauren Foy and close friend of the family Pascale Hayward are tirelessly fundraising towards the total of £100,000 needed for potentially lifesaving medical treatment.
Lauren, 27, works at L’amour Hair and Beauty, and like Ryan has spent most of her life in Potters Bar.
Ryan, a mechanic, fought off bowel cancer last year only to find that it had spread to his liver and lymph nodes.
The immunotherapy recommended as treatment is not available on the NHS.
He is the father of two young children, baby Grace and five-year-old Alfie.
Lauren and Pascale are now appealing on Facebook for raffle donations, entertainments, and stallholders to participate in a family fun day at Elm Court Youth and Community Centre slated for April 15, 12-4pm.
Elm Court have offered the venue at a discount.
Stalls will cost £25.
They are looking for people who could provide family-friendly activities such as craft stalls, face painting, cake stalls and kids’ play activities.
The local business community has already begun to rally to the family’s aid with some choice raffle donations.
Northaw Riding School has offered pony rides, Essendon Country Club will donate a golfing experience, Hartbeeps have offered a free half term at their baby classes, and Brookmans Family Butchers have offered vouchers.
Lauren has been overjoyed by the community’s support and the kindness of strangers.
She said that when she visited the local barber to see if they could donate a voucher, one of the customers followed her out of the shop.
“He asked, “how do I donate?”
“I was really taken aback.
“It’s nice knowing that people want to help you and give up their time,” she added.
The JustGiving link and further information about the planned event can be found at the Ryan Cox Fundraising Facebook page: www.facebook.com/lauren.foy.313