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KIND-hearted comedian Peter Kay has offered to help raise funds to pay for a woman’s medical treatment which is not available on the NHS.
Laura Nuttall has been diagnosed with a rare form of brain cancer and is hoping to raise thousands of pounds to pay for her treatment.
Who is Laura Nuttall?
Laura, 20, is a student from Lancashire who suffers from glioblastoma multiforme.
She was diagnosed with the rare form of brain cancer in October 2018 following a brain scan which revealed she had six tumours.
She is hoping to raise £80,000 for treatment which is not available on the NHS.
Nicola said about the treatment: “Laura is having immunotherapy in Germany, a treatment that we can’t get in the UK. There is very, very little treatment available for glioblastoma.
“She’s also having a dendritic cell vaccination, which is where cells from the tumour that was removed from Laura are turned into a vaccine to educate the body as to what they need to be looking at, in a very basic sense, and each vaccine in that programme is £27,000.
“It’s five grand to transport the tissue and everything is just so expensive. And getting out to Germany is virtually impossible as well.
“So it will enable us to carry on going down this route and keeping Laura well, because she’s doing brilliantly at the moment, but also to raise awareness for the Brain Tumour Charity and do some fundraising for them as well at the same time.”
How does Laura Nuttall know Peter Kay?
Laura’s mum Nicola and dad Mark first met Peter while working at Granada television nearly 20 years ago.
They’ve now revealed the Phoenix Nights star rang them out of the blue in January 2019 shortly after Laura was diagnosed.
Nicola told PA: “He just called up out of the blue and said, ‘How can I help?’ So we’ve met him a few times, we’ve been out for lunch with him, but obviously Covid put paid to any fundraising that we can do.
“So now, the coast is clear and it’s all happened in a bit of a flurry but it’s phenomenal. We’re so excited about it.
“And it’s so wonderful he can do this for us, just incredible.”
When are Peter Kay’s charity gigs to support Laura?
Peter will be performing the live Q&A’s at the Manchester O2 Apollo on August 7, 2021.
The matinee and evening gigs are in aid of Doing It For Laura and The Brain Tumour Charity.
The matinee show will take place at 1.30pm and the evening show will take place at 6.30pm.
Tickets are available from ticketmaster.co.uk but you’ll need to be fast as Peter Kay tickets always sell fast.
They’ll go on sale this Friday, 30 July at 9am.
In 2017, Peter announced he was returning to the stage with a huge tour of the UK the following year.
He was booked to perform more than 100 dates in his Have Gags, Will Travel tour.
But in December that year, Peter announced it would not be going ahead.
Despite taking a back seat from showbiz, he was still on TV in May 2018 when the final episode of his award-winning sitcom Car Share aired.
It had already been filmed when Peter quit all further work projects.
The funnyman has rarely been seen in public since.
Last year he made a brief return to TV to present an updated version of (Is This The Way To) Amarillo from his back garden.
How can I donate to Laura’s fundraising page?
The charity Doing It For Laura was set up to try to raise funds to help pay the costly medical expenses.
Posting on their Go Fund Me Page, the charity hopes to raise money for Laura’s vital surgery.
Laura’s mum said: “Laura had a second surgery at the end of March and now the plan is for 2 further dendritic cell vaccinations and a course of a checkpoint inhibitor called Pembrolizumab.
“None of this is available on the NHS of course so we are faced with the enormous challenge of raising a further £80k.”