Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Can you help Jeff Price?


Just to update you all on the below post. Thanks to all you wonderful people. Jeff's fundraising money has been raised 65,000 GBP in 3 DAYS! Thank you all from the bottom of mine and Chris' heart, you've helped to get the much need treatment for our friend Jeff.
Jeff's sisters recorded this video... 

Every day people walk into your life and out of your life. Some friendships are silver others are gold. Some friends stay by your side no matter what and some friendships drift apart. That's life! 
However, this my friends is a story of a precious Gold Friendship! 

In 2011, Chris & I were newbies in a country that we'd never even visited before. Yup, we had moved to Dubai to live. We had discussed it over and over and decided we could give living in Dubai a year! It was 4 nearly 5 years later that we returned home.

(Clare Elise & Chris in Dubai)

I remember Chris coming home from his new radio job in Dubai and sharing with me about his day and the people who he'd met at work and during this conversation he spoke fondly about a bloke called Jeff who seemed like a pretty decent guy from what was said! 

(Jason King, Jeff Price, Chris Birks)

It wasn't long until I met Jeff and his lovely wife Cynthia. I remember we were at a Birthday Party in a hotel in the centre of Dubai and it was a rather humid and hot night, however, we all braved sitting outside and before long Cynthia and I were chatting away and saying how lovely it would be to meet up again soon.

(Cynthia - Jeff's Wife & Clare Elise)

Let's just say the rest is history! Jeff kinda took Chris under his wing at work in those first months and along with others in the team became a great friend to Chris over the years and before long Jeff and Cynthia, Chris and I were meeting up for a catch up over coffee or enjoying a meal out here and there.

As our friendship developed we grew even closer and Maddy, Jeff's daughter became like a little sister to me and I guess I took her under my wing. Soon she was at our apartment baking Rainbow Cupcakes in the afternoon and chatting to us about school and swimming and everything else. 

(Maddy - Jeff's Daugther and Clare Elise)

Jeff, Cynthia and Maddy were a very big part of some very special occasions in the life of Chris and I and when Cynthia gave birth to CJ. Chris and I stood firmly by their side to give them all the support that we could.

(CJ - photo thanks to Cynthia)

When you're living in Dubai as an expat, friends and by that I mean REAL FRIENDS become your family. Your Mum, Dad, Grandma & Grandad are at least a 7 hour flight away and I think that this is what makes Dubai friendships a close friendship. Your friends are the closest people to you and the ones you rely on in the good times and the tough times! 

(Friends in Dubai)

It's fair to say that Jeff, Cynthia, Maddy and CJ are part of our official Dubai Family and that we love them dearly.

So why am I sharing all this?

Well, if you follow me on social media you'll have noticed I've been constantly sharing a post for fundraising. You'll know that I don't normally ever do that however in this case I have shared across all my social media simply because it's an urgent situation affecting part of our Dubai Family! 

Jeff Price was diagnosed with a rare brain condition a little while back. He's already had operations to try to help sort out the problem, However, something isn't quite working right and the consultant he see's has told him that he needs more treatment / surgery to help get him to be 100%! 
(Jeff Price in hospital - Photo thanks to Cynthia)

Now here's where the problem lies... 

Jeff has health insurance (which you need out in Dubai as you have to pay for treatment) however his insurance won't cover any of this treatment or operations and so far he's had to rely on savings and family donations to get the care and help that's been needed..

Here's where they're at now...

The money's run out... and URGENT life-saving surgery and treatment is needed to help Jeff to get better. The cost of this treatment is 300,000 AED which is basically 65,000 GBP!

Jeff Price is a caring, kind, family man who's done do much for so many over the years in Dubai and who's supported and cared for others in need. He's done so much also for the Dubai Media Industry and has even set up and been running the first ever children's radio station in Dubai.
(The original line up at Pearl)

If you can please donate, however if you're not able donate right now please share this post and let's get Jeff the treatment he so desperately needs.

I thank you from the bottom of my heart Sparkly Ones xxx 

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