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Beanz meanz... I’ll do anything to help Julie
THE friend of an “inspirational” mother who is battling liver cancer spent three hours in a paddling pool full of baked beans to raise money for life-saving overseas treatment.
Julie Norman, of Thetford Avenue, Warndon Villages, Worcester, proved that people can get by with a little help from their friends during a bizarre and brilliant fund-raiser on Saturday.
Mrs Norman had beaten breast cancer in October 2010 only to be told in March this year that the breast cancer had returned - but in the liver.
Her friend Keelie Greaves travelled from her home in Harlow, Essex, on Saturday to sit in the beans from 59 tins which were donated by Tesco in Warndon Villages and a Worcester couple.
Miss Greaves hopes the fund-raiser will pay between £300 and £400 towards the £3,000 treatment Mrs Norman is receiving in Mexico.
Mrs Norman was able to return home from her treatment but is due to fly out again this Friday to continue the clinical trials of toxicity-free chemotherapy which helps people beat cancer without long-term side effects.
Miss Greaves, aged 32, of Harlow, Essex, said: “It was so cold and we had to set up in the rain as well.
“Julie had come home to renew her visa before flying back out. It was very emotional.
"She has not seen or spoken to anyone for the last three months.
“It was amazing to see her. She is in such high spirits. She is doing fantastically well, physically and mentally. She really is an inspiration.
"I don’t know many people who could put up with what she has.”
She said of the experience itself: “It was horrible. I don’t think I want to see or smell a baked bean for a long time now.”
Worcester-born Mrs Norman, aged 38, a former dental receptionist who attended Bishop Perowne CE College in Merriman’s Hill Road, said the treatment allowed her to have triple strength chemo following a toxic-free injection which reduced the side effects.
She said: “I have amazing friends and they have been there throughout.
"My neighbours have also been absolutely brilliant. I want to say a huge thank you to everyone.”
Other fund-raising events have included a race night in May at Sketchley Social Club in Weir Lane, Worcester, organised by neighbours Kelly and James Badham while another close friend Sarah Maskall completed a sponsored swim in April.
Friends and family have helped raise £10,000 so far towards the £30,000 cost of the treatment. To raise more money e-mail email@example.com