Potters Bar community raises £15K to help Ryan
PUBLISHED: 11:00 03 May 2018 | UPDATED: 11:00 03 May 2018
A family fun day in aid of Potters Bar man Ryan Cox brought the town out in force to help fundraise for his medical costs.
The event raised a staggering £15,000 and was the result of weeks of hard work by Ryan’s partner Lauren Foy, her friend Pascale Hayward, as well as umpteen friends, supporters and local businesses.
Even the weather showed its support with the rain holding off when it took place at Elm Court Youth and Community Centre on April 15.
Local businesses donated prizes and bouncy castle hire.
Lauren said she was “taken aback” by the level of support.
Checking Facebook the night before, she saw comments about the event. “And I thought then, oh my God this could get busy,” she said. On arriving at Elm Court, the queues reached through the car park. “We had to open the side gate to get people in quicker.”
“It’s a nice feeling to know everyone appreciates all the late nights and hard work that went into it.
“The community coming together was great!
“I think because we are a local family and it’s close to home, everyone wanted to do their bit to help, as well as taking the kids out somewhere for the day.”
Lauren wants to thank everyone who helped out, offered a stall or a ride on the day, or donated a raffle or auction prize.
She also wanted to thank the staff at Elm Court and Ryan’s close friends Tom, Jo and Dan, and DJ Ian who kept the tunes spinning.
“Ryan has a good bunch of friends behind him!” she said, adding how they all turned out 8am to help set up the stalls.
Ryan, 30, was diagnosed with cancer in May 2017.
It spread to his liver and lymph nodes last year.
Lauren, along with many of Ryan’s friends, have been fundraising for the costs that arise.
Father-of-two Ryan was unable to come on the day, having recently been admitted to hospital with sepsis, but he was kept updated with pictures and videos.
Lauren said she burst into tears when she realised how much money they had raised.
“It had been quite a emotional day anyway but to think this is the local community coming together to help us really touched us.
“You are all amazing and we will never forget it.”