A café fundraiser is to be held in Marford to raise money for a beloved community member going through cancer treatment in America.

American-born Courtney Gates was diagnosed with Multiple Myleoma in October 2021 and is currently living in Colorado, where she will need to pay for all her treatment.

The Leader: Courtney Gates, a much loved member of the Community in Marford who is undergoing treatment for cancerCourtney Gates, a much loved member of the Community in Marford who is undergoing treatment for cancer

Courtney lived in the UK for about 20 years and was an active member of the Marford community and is still well loved in the Marford area despite her move to the States in 2017 with her two sons. The community decided to help Courtney fund her treatment, whose friends are currently aiming to raise $40,000.

Marford Community Centre will be the home of the pop up café on January 22 between 11am-3.30pm. They will be hosting a tombola and raffle as well as coffee and tea to raise money.

Matilda Synnerdahl-Evans is a friend of Courtney's and is actively involved in the café fundraiser.

She said: "She's so loved in the community here, we just thought we needed to do something. She was supposed to be coming home for Christmas to the UK, and she's wanted to move back but she's become ill, and she couldn't come for Christmas. She's very poorly so we wanted to as a community try and do something for her."

Matilda said she played a big role in the community, particularly in the Marford Play group which she was the Chair of, so it was important that the community help her as much as they can by helping to take some financial stress off Courtney.

Matilda added: "She's always been a big part of the community, she was a runner, and she was involved in a lot of groups, running and triathlons. She's an incredible person."

The fundraiser also aims to raise a bit of awareness to the cancer and get more money raised on Courtney's GoFundMe page, which currently has over $13,000 of donations.

To donate to Courtney's fundraiser, visit: https://www.gofundme.com/f/lets-help-courtney-kick-cancer?