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New funding bid in memory of Tarek

Tarek and Senga Ramzi

Tarek and Senga Ramzi

A Methil widow has set up a new clothing bank to raise funds for a charity set up in memory of her late husband.

Senga Ramzi - wife to the late Tarek Ramzi - has set up a Rag a Bag clothing bank in Buckhaven and hopes the local community will get behind the cause.

Senga fought for months with husband Tarek for an innovative treatment known as Cyberknife - which targets tumors across the body - to be made available on the NHS.

Tarek was diagnosed with cancer in 2010 and spent a subsequent nine months fighting NHS Fife who claimed the procedure was too costly.

In June 2011, Tarek and Senga celebrated victory after the local health board agreed to pay for his treatment. But sadly, just two months later, Tarek sucummbed to his symptoms.

Now, because of months of fundraising during the time they believed he would not get funding, Senga has decided to put the money already raised - around £9000 - into a new charity in Tarek’s name, The Tarek Ramzi Cyberknife Fund.

“When Tarek passed away, we thought ‘What are we going to do with the money?’,” said Senga.

“And we decided to carry on fundraising. We’ve now got around £11, 000.

“We got the official charity number last December, but due to ill health, I’ve only just been able to start organising things.

“I’m hoping people will get behind this and maybe come forward with other fundraising ideas of their own because we have to do this together. There are a lot of nice people out there who could really help.”

The bank is at CRM Coachworks in Buckhaven, and locals can deposit clean, old clothing, coats, shoes, bags, hats, scarves and wallets.

There are five Cyberknife machines available across England, but none in Scotland. Senga and her family are hoping to raise the necessary £3 million to buy one for cancer patients in Scotland. Senga said: “I want to get the whole of Scotland on board with this. This machine is really vital for Scotland, and its been proven that it works - the people of Scotland are actually getting a really raw deal.” For more informaiton on the Tarek Ramzi Cyberknife Fund, visit www.trcfund.org.uk/

 

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