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Singer John Newman backs fundraising appeal to save life of Lizzy Adams, from Conyer

By Poppy Jeffery

The plight of a Conyer teenager who desperately needs a life-saving operation has been highlighted by a chart-topping singer who has a special reason for wanting to help.

John Newman, who had a number one hit with Love Me Again, tweeted a link to the KentOnline article about a fundraising appeal for Lizzy Adams with the caption: “Think it is only fair to give this a read....”

Lizzy, who is 13, has something in common with the singer as Mr Newman, 27, has had two brain tumours, the first of which was non-cancerous but the second required radiotherapy.

John Newman
John Newman

He had to take a break from music in August last year for treatment.

The youngster, who attends Sittingbourne Community College, has a rare and inoperable brain stem tumour, and her family are pinning their hopes on raising £120,000 to pay for treatment at a London hospital.

The treatment is not available on the NHS.

Her mum, Kath, said: “It’s amazing, and hopefully it will help us.

“We will take any help we can get, left, right and centre.

“We’re working hard every weekend.”

Lizzy, who has five siblings, recently had another scan which found her tumour had shrunk slightly but doctors could not tell the family by how much.

Elizabeth Adams with mum Kath
Elizabeth Adams with mum Kath

The treatment the family wants involves delivering drugs to the growth using fine catheters into her brain.

Through fundraising events and a massive community effort, their total stands at more than £37,500, but there’s still some way to go before they reach their target.

On Saturday, Teynham firefighters will be washing cars in return for donations at the fire station in Station Road in aid of Lizzy.

There will also be refreshments, a tombola and a cake sale from 10am until 2pm.

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