A man who doctors say only has weeks to live had a lifetime dream of driving in some supercars fulfilled on Friday after an appeal launched on social media by Charity Today.
Father of two, Gavin Bailey from Papworth was given a heartbreaking prognosis of 3-6 months by doctors at Addenbrookes back in October after being diagnosed with Glioblastoma multiforme an aggressive cancer of the brain.
Gavin along with his family have drawn up a small bucket-list of things they wish to do with whatever time they have left together, one of which was a dream of Gavin’s to ride in a supercar.
It was a wish that family friend and Charity Today’s Executive Editor Lee Rayment took upon himself to fulfill. Using Charity Today’s influential status on social media he setup a national appeal, and it certainly worked!
Hundreds of car enthusiasts and YouTube stars and celebrities from all over the UK offered their cars in what has been described by national media as one of the most heart-warming threads ever seen on Twitter.
Gavin is 40, has been married to Ami for nearly 20 years and they have two children, Lauren 16 and Aarron 14. Gavin has just weeks to live and has a dream to be taken out in a 'super car', if you can help please contact us ASAP firstname.lastname@example.org pic.twitter.com/Ys5vJ7u2ni
— Charity Today News © (@Charity_Today) December 21, 2017
Thanks to this outpouring of support, on Friday Gavin’s dream became a reality.
Rayment who is also the founder of the highly-acclaimed #UKCharityWeek a social media campaign that hit a staggering 90,000,000 timelines in December raising millions and awareness for charity, said:
“I’m a husband and father of three, and having endured a lot of heartache myself in recent years I’ve learnt only too well how delicate and fragile life is. Our supporters are great and I had no doubt that people would support us in our efforts for Gavin.
“I would like to take the opportunity on behalf of the family to thank everyone for their support and help in making this happen, in particular Paul Wallace and Anna Kennedy.”
Gavin’s wife Ami Bailey said: “Words cannot begin to describe how difficult these last few months have been, but Lee’s support and what he has been able to achieve on our behalf has been amazing and totally unexpected!”
The story featured on ITV news, BBC and continues to feature in numerous local newspapers.
Thank you to everyone who played a part in making this dream come true for Gavin.