Terminally ill father’s £1m supercar dream set to become reality thanks to Peterborough entrepreneur
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A father of two, who has just weeks to live, will fulfil his dream to ride in a luxury supercar thanks to celebrities offering their help after reading a post on social media.
The outpouring of support has been called ‘one of the most heart-warming’ posts on Twitter by a leading charity support page.
Gavin Bailey was diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer in October and was given three to six months to live.
The 40 year old father of two will now be spoilt for choice after car enthusiasts agreed to club together to bring their luxury rides to Peterborough for a one off event.
Now, Gavin of Papworth, will take his pick of the exotic supercars, worth thousands, at the Allia Future Business Centre Car Park at Peterborough United stadium on Friday December 29 at 1pm.
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Ami Bailey, Gavin’s wife, 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.
“We are so grateful Gavin and the children are really looking forward to this.”
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The supercar meet was organised by Lee Rayment who is the founder of national social media campaign ‘#UKCharityWeek’.
The campaign has recently reached 90,000,000 people and has helped raise millions for charity and awareness for hundreds of UK causes.
Lee posted a photo of Gavin on his ‘Charity Today’ Twitter account, asking if anyone could help fulfil his dream and was overwhelmed by the response, calling it ‘one of the most heart-warming threads on Twitter’.
Lee 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 important 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.”
• Members of the public are invited to come down to show support for Gavin and to look at the inventory of cars being displayed, although organisers stress that ‘parking is not available on site due to the presence of the cars. Supporters are urged to park on Oundle Road and walk over.’