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Charitable girl, 10, organises Dagenham sale inspired by sick dad

PUBLISHED: 18:30 17 June 2015

Lydia Wren with her charity wristbands

Lydia Wren with her charity wristbands

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A girl whose dad is terminally ill in intensive care has organised an event to raise money for a charity which supports those living with the disease that he suffers from.

Lydia Wren has written to the Neurofoundation charity and negotiated a sale or return deal on charity wristbands.

The 10-year-old, who attends Monteagle Primary School, enlisted help from family and friends before presenting the cause to the Dagenham school’s council.

“I’m going to hold a charity event because I thought it would be nice to raise money for it [Neurofoundation charity] – no one really does fundraising for this disease,” she said. “It’s a terminal disease and there’s no cure.

“I found out about the charity online and I want to sell the bands which the charity have. They’re turquoise and really nice. I emailed the charity and they sent me loads for free when they should have cost over £1,000.”

The young philanthropist’s dad was born with the rare disease called Neurofibromatosis which causes tumours to grow along nerves, and is often in and out of hospital for weeks at a time.

Thursday’s event will consist of a “charity market” which Lydia has labelled the Grand Neuroband Sale.

She will be selling donated toys, books and cakes and two dance groups are also scheduled to perform.

“I want to raise £1,600 because that’s the price of 800 wristbands,” Lydia said. “I’ll give out free leaflets because I want to raise awareness about the disease because not many people know about it.”

Lydia’s mum, Leah Wren, said she’s proud of her daughter.

The 35-year-old, of Burnham Road, Dagenham, added: “I was surprised she’s been able to do it but she’s very pro-active. She feels that by doing something she’s helping rather than feeling so helpless.”

Thursday’s event will take place at the school from 2pm.


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