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Outpouring of goodwill from local community for down-on-her-luck Bickley woman
A NEWS Shopper report on a down-on-her-luck Bickley woman has resulted in an outpouring of goodwill from the local community.
Mother-of-four Corinne Nolan's life was devastated after she was diagnosed with a serious disorder that affects her body's connective tissue.
Her long-term partner left her shortly afterwards, and then her family home burned down in a fire, leaving her alone and homeless with three young children.
As a special treat, last Saturday Miss Nolan's 13-year-old daughter Scarlett received free backstage passes to the X Factor.
In the morning, Bickley's Pink and Blue Beauty Salon gave her a complimentary manicure, while Orpington-based courier company BCS Parker Ltd drove her to and from the event free of charge.
Scarlett with family friends Clive Mcllwaine and Jain Sawyer.
Miss Nolan's best friend, Jain Sawyer, 47, said: "It was an absolutely amazing day from the beginning to the end. She got real five star treatment.
"We had these back stage passes so we got to hang out with the acts after the show.
"Scarlett was treated like a little star from beginning to end."
Blossom Years Nursery in Bickley has given Miss Nolan's three-year-old Lexi a full time place for free, while the Over the Moon coffee shop in Bromley Common provided sandwiches and food for a fundraising event hosted by Jade Hair Salon, Petts Wood.
Corinne Nolan at the fundraiser in Jade Hair Studio.
Many Bromley residents have also donated toys and clothes to the family.
Margaret Bond, 74, Kingsworth Close, Elmers End said: "I thought if I was in that position I would like to think someone would come forward and do the same for me.
"If more people come forwards and help her, with all that's happened to her and her ill health. I think she would feel a lot better.
"It can't be easy for her, especially bringing up three young children on her own."
Jenny Taylor, 47, Lockesley Drive, Orpington, added: "I was in a similar position like she is two years ago.
"I had friends helping me out at the time. It is nice to help someone else.
"I have gone through a lot of ill health myself, lots of ups and downs, and losing my house so I can understand what she is going through."
If you wish to donate, call Give2Give charity shop in Petts Wood on 01689 872899.
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