Cancer victim charity event

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TWO caring pals are preparing to hold a fundraising bash in honour of a much-loved friend who is dying of cancer.

Twenty-two-year-old Laura Bacon, formerly of Clay Cross, has just months to live after she was diagnosed with cancer of the lungs, liver, blood and soft tissue last year.

Now, her friends, Deborah Kelly and Lisa Cornish, are organising a fundraising event in Chesterfield in a bid to raise pots of cash for the teenage cancer unit at Weston Park Hospital, Sheffield, which has been treating Laura.

Brave Laura, a sales assistant, who lives in Sheffield, said: “It has been a tough year. #

“I thought I wasn’t going to see last Christmas.

“In September, I tied the knot with my wife, Laura - now my goal is to have been married a year.

“I’ve been receiving treatment, including chemotherapy, at the teenage cancer unit at Weston Park Hospital, which helps people aged between 16 and 25, and their care has been absolutely fantastic. I can’t fault them – not one, single bit.” Pal Deborah (36), a hairdresser, of Newbold, said: “Laura’s funny, she’s witty – she’s just great, absolutely great.”

Now, along with Lisa, the pair are organising an event, called ‘bands and booze with Bacon’, at the County Hotel, on Saltergate, Chesterfield, from 1.30pm this Sunday, May 1.

The event will star several local bands. Entry is free to the public, although there will be collections and a raffle. All donations will go to the teenage cancer unit at Weston Park Hospital.

Laura added: “I’m really, really excited about this Sunday.

“It promises to be a fun event – and that’s what we want to have, fun.”

michael.broomhead

@derbyshiretimes.co.uk