Gants Hill estate agents back woman’s cancer charity fundraising drive

Dawn Gilbert and Paul Silver in Barkingside High Street

Dawn Gilbert and Paul Silver in Barkingside High Street - Credit: Archant

A woman who is recovering from cancer has teamed up with a local business to raise money for charity.

Dawn Gilbert, of Highwood Gardens, Gants Hill, and Paul Silver, the owner of Silver Services Estate Agents, also in Gants Hill, found a unique way to help Cancer Research UK on Saturday.

Paul had been struggling to find someone to wear a sandwich board advertising his Woodford Avenue business, when Dawn said she would gladly do it in exchange for a £200 donation to the cause.

The 54-year-old, who is in remission from leiomyosarcoma, said: “I do feel a bit of a prat [wearing the board].

“[But] when you’ve had cancer, you naturally become more involved in these things.”

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Dawn, who finished her radiotherapy last April, will give the donation to a friend who is doing the Race for Life for the charity on May 24.

Paul said: “My father-in-law died of cancer, a friend of mine died from cancer last year. People I know are suffering.

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“I said [to Dawn] I can’t think of anything better.

“I would like to continue donating to charities if people are prepared to wear the board.”

For more information and to donate to the charity, visit

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