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Lowestoft mum's joy as cash to help Ben pours in

PUBLISHED: 11:51 11 February 2011

Lowestoft allergy sufferer Ben Brown with his mother Toni.
Photo: Andy Darnell

Lowestoft allergy sufferer Ben Brown with his mother Toni. Photo: Andy Darnell

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HOPES have been raised that a young Lowestoft boy can have the pioneering treatment he needs to control his severe allergies after the public rallied behind an appeal.

The Journal reported last week on Toni Brown’s efforts to raise between £3000 and £6000 to allow her four-year-old son Ben to have desensitisation treatment to prevent more allergies being added to the ever-growing list of things he reacts to.

Mrs Brown, 31, of Sussex Road, Lowestoft, has organised a string of fundraising events at Grosvenor Casino in Great Yarmouth where she works and has already raised hundreds of pounds. But following last week’s Journal story, she has been amazed by the response.

“There was one lady who phoned the casino and said she wanted to send some money to the little boy and she is sending a cheque. Then a man rang up and said he wanted to send a cheque too, which was amazing,” she said.

Among those pledging donations was Jimmy Swann from money raised for Susannah Pont to have treatment for brain stem cancer in America. The little girl from Caister, near Yarmouth, died aged seven, less than a year after she was diagnosed. Money raised in her name is going to help other local children get the care they need.

She said: “It is absolutely amazing and it was quite an emotional day when the Mr Swann rang and said he would donate £500.”

Ben, suffers daily and worsening reactions to a host of ordinary substances like grass, eggs, nuts most animals and all pollen. The next casino event is a party night on Saturday, February 26. Contact the casino on 01493 850444 for more information.

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