Former market trader from Bungay vows to help cancer charity

A former market trader from north Suffolk who had to give up work due to a debilitating back condition, has pledged to help raise money for suffers of cancer.

Danny Arlow, 50, of Solace Close, Bungay, had to give up work in 2010 - two years after discovering the bottom of his spine was crumbling.

But now the determined single parent is hoping to enlist a group of volunteers to start up a charity market stall to fund-raise for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Mr Arlow said: 'I can't stand for long and my legs are bad, but I can drive and organise. I need people who can help with the lifting side of things and volunteers to help with the market stall, as I wouldn't be able to stand all day.

'If anyone has got a spare garage or room to hold the stock too then that would help.'

In 2008 when Mr Arlow's back problems started, he carried on working until the pain forced him to give up work.

He said: 'It was depressing at the time but then I thought if I can help someone without it affecting my illness then why not?

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'I've lost friends to cancer. It's an on-going disease and I don't think they will ever cure it but with support it can help people. There's two million people in the UK alone dying of cancer and by 2013 it's going to double unless a cure comes in. I wanted to raise money for Macmillan because they help to give cancer suffers special care and help.

'I also used to be a naughty boy when I was younger and I was into everything; I wasn't a saint. Now I want to give something back. As you get older you realise that you want to do something for people and it is not all about you. People suffer and I've seen people suffer with cancer.

'Macmillan have backed me up and said it's a good idea.'

Mr Arlow is looking to get some stock together and raise funds to get the stall up and running.

'Larger items, such as sofas and cookers, will go to auctions, which will cover the running costs,' he said.

'Smaller knick-knacks would be used to sell on the stall. We will also do house clearances if I can get volunteers to help.'

Hammonds of Halsworth are supplying My Arlow with a long-term loaned van with the option to buy it later. The stall will be set up to cover the Beccles, Bungay and Halesworth triangle, and also Harleston and Norwich.

• To get involved or for more information please email Mr Arlow at dannyarlow@hotmail.com or call 01986 892291.

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