Forest fans help raise £13,000 in memory of Dylan Barker


He lost his battle with cancer in October last year

Dylan Barker, at the Pride of Gedling Awards last year

Forest fans have helped raise more than £13,000 in memory of Dylan Barker, who lost his battle with cancer last year.

A total of £13,200 will be donated to the Teenage Cancer Trust in Dylan’s name.

Dylan, of Arnold, was diagnosed with liver cancer hepatoblastoma in 1998, and hereditary bowel cancer in 2013.

He was given the all clear, but was then told his cancer had returned in 2015.

In January last year – on his 20th birthday – Dylan was told he had secondary bowel cancer in his liver, lungs and back. He died on October 22.

Dylan was an avid Forest fan, and fellow supporter Sarah McLaughlin, 34, was touched by how he handled his fight against cancer.

She organised Dylan’s Barker Nottingham’s Got Talent Night, which was held at Saltbox, in Bolero Square, in February, to raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

As part of this Sarah, of Ilkeston, and friend Lisa Cox organised an online auction to help raise money for the charity.

She set a target of raising £5,000 but she has raised a total of £13,200.

Sarah said: “I would have been happy with £5,000. To exceed that and go beyond, it’s absolutely fantastic.

“It [Forest] is literally a family. A lot of the Forest fans on Twitter and Facebook, even if they’d never met Dylan, they knew of him and his story. It’s touched a lot of people.”

Dylan’s mum, Stacey French, said: “It is really amazing. We weren’t expecting to raise this much at all and I just want to say thank you to everyone.

“It honestly is so amazing how much money has been raised and everyone who has been involved is so happy.

“Dylan would be so chuffed if he could see how much has been raised and the fundraising won’t stop here either. We have a few more things planned and I am hoping to set up a foundation in his name.”

Joanne Benbow, regional fundraiser (East Midlands) at the Teenage Cancer Trust, told the Post the money raised will help the charity reach more young people battling the disease.

She said: “It’s just fantastic. It’s alway amazing when someone sets a high target like £5,000.

“To exceed it is just incredible and it does make such a difference to the work that we do.”


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