Lauren's story touches regulars
TEENAGER Lauren Revett's story has touched the hearts of a whole host of Evening Star readers.The 14-year-old has spent a lifetime looking after her 17-year-old brother Philip who has Down's Syndrome, cerebral palsy and a heart defect.
TEENAGER Lauren Revett's story has touched the hearts of a whole host of Evening Star readers.
The 14-year-old has spent a lifetime looking after her 17-year-old brother Philip who has Down's Syndrome, cerebral palsy and a heart defect.
Lauren featured in the Evening Star last month after being nominated in the Evening Star's bid to find this year's Kid In A Million.
Now kind-hearted regulars at an Ipswich pub have decided that Lauren needs a real treat this Christmas and a bit of star treatment for a girl who does so much.
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And an anonymous donor was so taken by Lauren that they sent her £100 in the post to spend on herself.
Despite not knowing her full address, the Kid in a Million from Sandpiper Road, Ipswich was known well enough for the cash to reach her untouched.
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Now, theatre tickets, cinema tickets and the chance to flick the switch of the Christmas lights in the Horse and Groom Pub in Woodbridge Road are all coming Lauren's way.
A group of drinkers at the Horse and Groom decided that Lauren needed a real treat this Christmas and have dug deep to provide that.
Landlord Eddie Lucas said his customers saw Lauren's story and really wanted to make a difference for her.
He said: "Lauren seems to have devoted her entire life to her brother.
"We wanted to do something for Lauren and her brother and something for Lauren on her own."
The group have clubbed together and bought cinema tickets for a film of Lauren's choice and are trying to get tickets to the Co-op Junior's Christmas panto, Snow White, being performed at the Regent Theatre.
But they also want Lauren to feel a little bit extra special and give her the chance to light up their Christmas by turning on their festive lights later this month.
Mr Lucas also said that he is also hoping his customers will agree to give Lauren half the money from the huge change-filled whisky bottle to buy herself and her brother some clothes.
Lauren's mum Carole said she was extremely proud of her daughter but knows that Philip will not be left out of any of Lauren's rewards.
When she received her £100 anonymous donation through the post, the letter said to spend the money on herself.
She duly bought herself some trainers and some mini-discs but also bought Philip a present.
As well as having looked after Philip since she was two, Lauren also spends time looking after Carole when she is ill with a bad back.
Carole said: "This is absolutely lovely.
"Lauren is wise and old beyond her years – when you speak to her you wonder where her childhood has gone.
"She is a really grown up girl."
Not surprisingly, Lauren has chosen a caring career and is hoping to become a paramedic.