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    Weʼve raised £6,260 to To help stop cancer sufferer losing her home

    Funded on Wednesday, 21st March 2018

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    Story

    Cancer sufferer at risk of losing her home.

    First of all let me start by introducing myself. My name is Mandy, I am 55 years old and have two grown up children and two cats. I used to be a nurse for well over 30 years. My last job was within the NHS where I supported Rape Victims. This was a very challenging role where we supported children as well as adults.

    Things changed when a close friend suggested that we opened a café together. It was a dream to have my own business so I left my NHS job and became self-employed. Unfortunately this is where my problems started.

    I first developed breast cancer in my left breast back in 2011 and never thought that it would come back but it did! In March 2017 I found what I thought was a cyst in my right breast and because of my previous history I was referred urgently. The doctor at the hospital confirmed that what I had discovered was an innocent cyst but they had found something on the left side, this was a complete shock as I had not been aware of any lump. Biopsies confirmed that this was now a stage 3 breast cancer and treatment would start once I had further investigations to see if the cancer had spread.

    Fortunately there was no spread, so I started a course of chemotherapy followed by mastectomy and reconstruction. I finished my chemotherapy in September last year and then my operation was in October three weeks after the chemotherapy and took five hours, recovery has been slow and my wound broke down and is still not fully healed. This was not an easy journey but I made it and the experience teaches you to appreciate every day and value the precious things in life. I am also thankful that I went to the hospital when I did. My previous mammogram was clear just 10 months before hand, I believe that this saved my life as I couldn’t feel the lump and it could have been some time before I discovered it.

    Believe it or not the hardest part of this experience has been the money worries. Because I was self-employed I had to walk away from my café as it didn’t make enough to pay me sick pay. I have had to live on Employment and Support Allowance which was £300 a month at first but I now get £500. This enables me to pay my bills, run my car and buy food but this doesn’t cover my mortgage, so I have had no way of paying it. Unfortunately I am single and I used all my savings on my business so I haven’t been able to pay my mortgage since April last year.

    My mortgage provider was understanding at first but they have now instructed their solicitors and I have a court hearing on 14th March.

    The reality is, if I don’t find the funds to start paying my mortgage and clear the arrears of over £6,000 they will repossess my home and I will have nowhere to live. I am doing everything in my power to gather as much money as I can but these are not guaranteed, hence my plea. I have also started looking for work as I want to help myself more than anything but I cannot guarantee I’ll find work in time. I have been looking since January and have applied for several jobs in that time but have yet to hear. I have always been totally aware that I need to pay my mortgage and have been honest and upfront with my mortgage provider since the beginning.

    Thank you for taking the time to read my story, I’m a proud woman and find asking for money very hard but I’m desperate. Desperation makes you do unusual things. If you are able to help me, if even in a small way, I will be eternally grateful as no one living with cancer should have to worry about being homeless.

    Thank you again

    Mandy xx

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    • Mandy Orton1 year ago
      Mandy Orton

      Mandy Orton

      1 year ago

      On my part what I now need is a job to enable me to make the payments in the future. So I will continue to look for work and I am confident that I will be working by the six month period. The Crowd Funding was not easy for me to do but I'm glad I did as I can't begin to imagine what would have happened without your support. I'd have been homeless for sure and I can't imagine how I'd have coped with that. So I thank you all from the bottom of my heart and because of your kindness I now have hope. Thank you all so much. Xxx

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    • Mandy Orton1 year ago
      Mandy Orton

      Mandy Orton

      1 year ago

      This message is for all 220 people that supported me and have enabled me to save my home. Basically the bank have agreed to stop proceeding at this point because of your help. So the court case is no longer going ahead which is a huge relief and they will then review the situation in six months. I will use your money to help with the monthly payments and the arrears as this is what the bank have asked me to do.

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      Mandy Orton

      1 year ago
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    Supporters

    226

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Mar 8, 2018

    • Anne Marie Collier

      Anne Marie Collier

      Mar 8, 2018

      Good luck Mandy. Wishing you good health in the future.

      £10.00

    • Catherine Laurie

      Catherine Laurie

      Mar 7, 2018

      Mandy I’m so sorry to hear what you’ve been through. I hope you’re back in your feet very soon. Take care of yourself! Cat xxx

      £30.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Mar 7, 2018

      My dad has cancer. I can't imagine him or anyone having to go through cancer treatment and having to worry about losing their home as well. All the best and take care.

      £50.00

    • alex novak

      alex novak

      Mar 7, 2018

      £50.00

    • Rachel Brotherton

      Rachel Brotherton

      Mar 7, 2018

      Good luck Mandy Lots of love Rach 💕

      £10.00

    • Clare & Tim

      Clare & Tim

      Mar 4, 2018

      Well done on asking for help. Sending lots of love xxx

      £50.00

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