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

Lydia Wren with her charity wristbands

Lydia Wren with her charity wristbands - Credit: Archant

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.”

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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.

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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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