Appeal To Local Businesses

Florence

Appeal To Local Businesses

This morning, we have received a letter of behalf of the parents of 5 year old Florence asking for local businesses and local people to support their campaign.

“Firstly, thank you for taking the time out of your day to read this letter.

We are writing to you on behalf of the Bark Family which consists of Andrew, Stacey and their children Freddie and Florence. Florence and the family really need your help. Andrew and Stacey have made endless positive contributions to their local community and to society all their lives. Andrew is the headteacher at Kingswood Primary School in Corby where he has worked tirelessly to improve the life chances of young people in the area some of which come from the most deprived families in the area. Stacey works for the NHS where she supports members of our community in their time of greatest need and when they are most vulnerable.

Unfortunately, Andrew and Stacey now need us to share the same self-less behaviour that they have shown their entire career, their family need our help and support. The Bark’s daughter, Florence, was a healthy and happy five-year-old until just a few weeks ago, when their family’s lives changed overnight. She felt unwell in the middle of the week and within a few days was sadly diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) starting chemotherapy the very same evening. Initially, we were told Florence would be in hospital until at least November receiving treatment. Unfortunately, her situation has since taken a turn and is deteriorating quickly. She urgently needs a bone marrow transplant but no match has been found to date.

We have also found out that the likelihood of the transplant being successful is significantly lower for Florence as she is in a high-risk category due to a rare gene arrangement that affects less than 10% of children with AML – the worst luck given only 100 children a year are diagnosed with the AML to begin with. It should be said that Florence has undergone more treatment in the last few weeks than most adults will experience in the lifetime and she has done it with great strength, resilience and courage. We are still hopeful.

The first step is to find a donor by the end of July through raising awareness and getting more people on the donor register at https://www.dkms.org.uk/register-now. This will give Florence the best chance of finding a match. If unsuccessful, the next step is car T-cell therapy.

Regrettably, this is not available on the NHS and would require at least £500k for the treatment. As such, we have begun fundraising already at: https://justgiving.com/crowdfunding/bemorefab.

We are making progress; people are kindly donating as well as organising their own local fundraising events and so far more than £100,000 has been raised. Whilst this is all contributing, we need more. I know there are challenges in the current climate and the cost-of-living position is making things difficult, but if you can please consider donating and raising awareness within your institution.

It is important to be mindful that although a registration may not be a match for Florence it may prevent another child enduring this experience in the future. We implore you to raise awareness of Florence’s cause and we trust that you know your community better than anyone and can establish the most impactful way to raise this awareness with them. We are always open to suggestions and would relish the opportunity to work with you to achieve our common goal – to save Florence’s life”

Thanks all for your support.

Team BeMoreFab

 

NNBN Chester House