Ashby Co-op is playing its part in fundraiser to boost Dylan's vital £1million Leukaemia treatment

"At first, there wasn’t much awareness. But we wanted local people to see what was going on"

By Graham Hill

Posted: Thursday, 27th July 2023 10:00 am

Co-op colleague Georgia Norman with Dylan's friends Madi Norman (centre) and Rhiannon Tasker. Photo: Ashby Nub News
Co-op colleague Georgia Norman with Dylan's friends Madi Norman (centre) and Rhiannon Tasker. Photo: Ashby Nub News
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Ashby Co-op in Derby Road is helping to raise funds for Dylan Lamb, who needs urgent Leukaemia treatment in the USA.

The family of Dylan - a former Ashby School student - are aiming to reach a target of £1million.

But the 20-year-old's friends have also come together to raise money in a variety of ways.

The campaign has attracted the attention of high-profile figures such as Ibstock-based actor Stephen Graham and England footballer Jack Grealish.

But Ashby Co-op is also keen to receive donations, with family and friends making it clear the treatment Dylan needs is a matter of urgency, such is the extent of his illness.

Early last year, Dylan was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia at the age of just 19.

Now, he needs to go to America to battle the disease.

Co-op colleague Georgia Norman has organised a raffle in conjunction with Rebound in Smisby Road, which you can enter in store, as well as receiving donations.

Georgia's sister, Madi, along with her friend Rhiannon Tasker, who were both at school with Dylan, are also taking part in fundraising events.

Madi said: "We're holding a raffle with Rebound the lads who know Dylan are taking part in a Three Peaks Challenge on August 19.

"They'll be trying to climb Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon in a 24 hour period."

You can find out more and donate to that effort HERE.

Rhiannon added: "Stephen Graham has got involved and donated a day on the set with him."

Madi said: "There's a raffle being organised for that in Ticknall on August 12, there'll be a lot of prizes, including a bathroom renovation."

Rhiannon also said that there would be an alternative to the Three Peaks challenge coming up.

She said: "Some of us will be trying to cover the same amount of miles as the lads, but in the Peak District over a route in Dovedale."

Georgia explained more about the Co-op's part in the fundraising effort.

She said: 'We've had a collection point here for about a week now. I organised this, knowing that Dylan was my sister's friend.

"We wanted to see how much we could help - and now it's on a national scale. But at first, there wasn't much awareness. We wanted local people to see what was going on.

"It's been going quite well, but we'd welcome more donations. Because we need to raise that money as soon as possible."

Madi said that - while the circumstances are serious - the determination to help Dylan has been incredible.

She added: "It's brought us all a lot closer together, we're trying to do as much as we can.

"We're all thinking of what we can do to spread the fundraising around, obviously there is a national awareness now after Jack Grealish's donation of £5,000.

"Obviously, we don't like to say it, but it is urgent now."

The current total is around £200,000 - which is good, but Dylan's friends say more is needed.

Rhiannon said: "We've all been supporting each other and staying as positive as possible.

"The main thing is getting the message out there so that as many people as possible are aware of it.

"A lot of local restaurants have become involved in this as well."

You can donate to Dylan's family fundraiser HERE.


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