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Fundraising starts for Bexley grandmother's £70,000 melanoma treatment

PUBLISHED: 10:13 24 September 2015 | UPDATED: 10:13 24 September 2015

Jenny Bache

Jenny Bache

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The campaign has gathered pace online

Fundraising has started after a Kent mother of four with malignant melanoma was told she can no longer receive treatment on the NHS.

Jenny Bache, 56, has Stage 4 malignant melanoma, and was first diagnosed in 2012.

Until August this year Mrs Bache was receiving treatment on the NHS, which for a time, kept the melanoma under control.

That is until the grandmother of 11 from Northumberland Heath, was told the treatment had stopped working, and the melanoma was starting to spread.

Mrs Bache was told there were no other treatments available on the NHS and was forced to look elsewhere.

The grandmother and her family then discovered a treatment called Tumour Infiltrating Lymphocytes, or TIL.

Currently a promising piece of new treatment, TIL therapy has seen many patients go cancer-free for many years, with some even being cured of their melanoma.

To afford the treatment, costing £70,000 on private medical, Mrs Bache and her family have begun fundraising online via the Help Save Jenny Bache campaign.

The campaign, which has its own Facebook page, is helping to raise money to fund the treatment.

The page has already gained support from X Factor contestant and America’s Got Talent semi-finalist Alex Boye.

Daughter, Esther Wheeler came up with a second campaign #hideyourhair which is gathering speed across social media.

The #hideyourhair campaign involves donators picturing themselves hiding their hair, a reminder of the common side effect that comes with most cancer treatments, including TIL therapy.

The family and Mrs Bache say they’re looking for donations of around £50,000 to cover the £70,000 cost.

The donations page at www.youcaring.com/jenny-bache-427965 is already close to £30,000 in donations.

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