Dover resident John Ashman, an assessor at IPS sub-contractor Rose Rail, has spent a week living on the streets of Kent to help raise money for 16 year-old Kelly Turner who is hoping to receive cancer treatment in the USA.

Kelly was given two years to live after being diagnosed with a Desmoplastic small round cell tumour in October 2015. The NHS were unable to treat her or fund her surgery abroad so her family were forced to crowd fund for Kelly’s treatment.

The family need £408,000 for surgery in New York, which will help Kelly to prolong her life by 24-36 months. After this surgery, the family hope to raise a further £700,000 for immunotherapy.

Father of four, John, started his challenge on January 21, enduring the challenge during a batch of particularly cold weather, with temperatures regularly dropping below freezing.

IPS would like to congratulate John on all of his fundraising efforts and commend his dedication to a fantastic cause.

To visit John’s fundraising page, please click here.

To donate by text, send KPTF99 £2, or any other amount, to 70070. This will show on your next phone bill.


Rose Rail Training Academy CIC (Rose Rail) has been set up with the primary aim of training young people, mainly from local mining communities, and getting them into full-time, well paid jobs. Young people from these communities generally have little prospects of meaningful employment in their local area.