Community gets behind Bickley mother as devastating series of events leaves her sick, partnerless and homeless (From News Shopper)
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Community gets behind Bickley mother as devastating series of events leaves her sick, partnerless and homeless
A HEART-WARMING display of community spirit will help a disabled Bickley mother-of-four back to her feet after a devastating sequence of events left her sick, partnerless and homeless.
Two years ago Corinne Nolan was diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, a rare genetic condition that affects the connective tissue.
The disorder causes frequent dislocations because of highly unstable joints, so Miss Nolan is on a high amount of morphine.
Six months ago, as she continued to struggle with ill health, Miss Nolan's long-term partner, with whom she has three young children, abandoned the family.
The family struggled on but on September 27 their house, in Parkside, Bickley, burned down in an electrical fire, destroying everything they own and killing their two beloved pets.
To make matters worse, Miss Nolan's six-year-old son Kailan has recently been diagnosed with the same condition she suffers from.
Everything the family owned was lost in the fire.
The 41-year-old told New Shopper: "It has all just devastated me.
"My long term partner left me left me a few months ago because he couldn't cope with the illness.
"Then we basically lost everything in the whole house in the fire - it was burned to a cinder.
"I am at a point where I feel there is no return; I am scared and frightened.
"I fear for my future and I don't know how I am going to get it all together."
In an extraordinary display of community spirit, local people and businesses have rallied for Miss Nolan and her children, Kailan, Scarlett, 13, Caine,18 and three-year-old Lexi.
This Sunday (October 20) Jade Hair Studio in Chatsworth Parade, Petts Wood will be holding a fundraising day, cutting and blow drying hair and donating all the proceeds to Miss Nolan.
Meanwhile Give2Give charity in Queensway, Petts Wood has asked for a list of furniture now required by the family, who are currently living in a Premier Inn in Swanley.
People even started donating clothes and toys the day after the fire, but Miss Nolan's run of bad luck refused to let up when they were stolen from her car.
Corinne Nolan with Scarlett, Kailan and Lexi.
Miss Nolan said: "This whole community of people have helped me - a person they don't even know.
"They have come out of nowhere and offered such kindness.
"They have been getting books and toys and everything. They have been amazing.
"A lot of people were even kind enough to bring me spare clothes and toys the night of the fire but they were stolen from my car.
"I have been feeling so alone and isolated in the hotel thinking what am I going to do.
"If it wasn't for those people I don't know what I would do."
If you have spare furniture, call Give2Give on 0845 680 3886.
Bromley's unluckiest woman?
Christmas 2011 - Corrine Nolan is diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome.
April 2013 - Miss Nolan’s long term partner leaves.
September 3 2013 - Son, Kailan, is diagnosed with same condition.
September 27 - Family home burns down in electrical fire.
September 28 - Donated clothes and toys stolen from Miss Nolan’s car.
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