Terminally ill father’s £1m supercar dream set to become reality thanks to Peterborough entrepreneur

PUBLISHED: 16:31 27 December 2017 | UPDATED: 16:31 27 December 2017

Gavin Bailey of Papworth, pictured with his two children. PHOTO: Charity Today

Gavin Bailey of Papworth, pictured with his two children. PHOTO: Charity Today

Archant

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.

Gavin Bailey of Papworth, pictured with his two children. PHOTO: Charity Today Gavin Bailey of Papworth, pictured with his two children. PHOTO: Charity Today

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.

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.”

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.’

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Ely Standard visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Ely Standard staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Ely Standard account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

More news stories

Amey is claiming community support for its proposals to build a £200 million energy-from-waste plant on a 12 acre site at Waterbeach.

Yesterday, 18:37

Mayor James Palmer and his deputy, Councillor Charles Roberts, were debating tonight whether to press the Prime Minister to allow the Bayeux tapestry to go on display in Ely.

Yesterday, 17:58

Arthur Rank Hospice’s £10.5million home at Shelford Bottom was officially opened today by His Royal Highness, The Earl of Wessex, Prince Edward.

Yesterday, 17:18

‘Houston we have a problem’ admitted county councillor Bill Hunt, vice chairman of the county council highways and community infrastructure, when he offered a public apology today for the number of potholes across Cambridgeshire.

Most read stories

Most commented stories

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Ely Standard e-edition E-edition
HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter