Pop-up op shop supports family of Kurri Kurri girl Marlie Chapman, 3, who is undergoing chemotherapy for rare kidney cancer

HELPING HAND: Sue Griffith has set up a pop-up op shop to help raise money for three-year-old Marlie Chapman, who is undergoing treatment for cancer. Picture: Krystal Sellars

HELPING HAND: Sue Griffith has set up a pop-up op shop to help raise money for three-year-old Marlie Chapman, who is undergoing treatment for cancer. Picture: Krystal Sellars

Community support continues to roll in for Kurri Kurri girl Marlie Chapman and her family.

Three-year-old Marlie had surgery in November to have a rockmelon-sized kidney tumour removed, and is undergoing chemotherapy treatment. 

Her mother Brooke has taken time off work altogether, and father has reduced his hours to care for Marlie as she undergoes her treatment – meaning the family-of-five is now living on one part-time income.

Family friend Sue Griffith felt compelled to help Marlie and her family.

“I have known Brooke for 20 years, she has always done my hair, I think very highly of her and this misfortune has really affected me,” she said.

Ms Griffith has secured a short-term lease for a pop-up op shop in Kurri Kurri (donated by Starr Partners and a very generous client), selling shabby chic items, furniture, clothes, jewellery, bric-a-brac, toys and art.

All of the proceeds will go to the Chapman family.

“Goods will be reasonably priced but I would like to encourage people to bear in mind that it is a fundraiser,” Ms Griffith said.

“Make an offer and if it’s fair, it’s yours.”

Ms Griffith has received donations from many local op shops and individuals, which she has revamped and restored.

“People just step up, the generosity of the community has been amazing,” she said.

Marlie’s Magnificent Garage Sale pop-up op shop will be open at 159 Lang Street (next to the Bread Basket) from March 22 to April 8.

Goods and cash donations are welcome.

Ms Griffith has organised some lucky door prizes for people who spend $30 or more.

She is also keen to assist to local charities, and can be contacted on 0409 818 858.

Donations to the Chapman family can be made online at https://www.gofundme.com/marlie-chapmans-treatment-fund.