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Disneyland plan for cancer mum
A MOTHER who has been diagnosed with terminal cancer could soon be travelling to Disneyland Paris with her family, thanks to generous donations from people across the town.
Natasha Macdivitt, of Haydon End, is at at the centre of a fundraising campaign, being organised by her family and friends, to give her three children fond memories of spending time with their mum.
The 27-year-old was diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2011 and has now been told the disease has spread to her lungs and bones – giving her less than a year to live.
Natasha’s father, Nigel Lelliott, of Nythe, said: “They are going to try to go to Disneyland in the next few weeks depending on how she is feeling. As long as she is up to it they are going to take the kids over there. They will book it at the last minute.
“Natasha is amazed by the response she has had. She has had so many donations and messages of support and she has been thanking everyone on Facebook.
“Everyone’s support is helping her to keep going and keep fighting. It helps because she realises that people are out there. She appreciates everything that everybody does.”
Natasha, wife of Danny, 30, and mum to Joshua, 10, Hayleigh, eight, and Katie, four, hopes to use some of the money donated so far to pay for high-dose vitamin C therapy, which costs £80 a session. The treatment is based on an intravenous infusion of a pharmacological dose of vitamin C, which contains the equivalent of 500 oranges in each dose.
The family have received about £5,000 in donations so far, £910 of which was raised during a fishing match at Flaxlands in Royal Wootton Bassett, organised by Hinders Fishing Superstore.
Flaxlands let the 29 anglers use the venue for free and money was raised through ticket sales, a raffle, donations, tackle sales and bucket donations.
Natasha’s daughter Hayleigh is taking part in a dancing and singing event at the De Vere Village on January 25, which is being organised by Julie Scott's Academy of Performing Arts.
Nigel thanked the football teams who donated signed shirts and tickets for an auction in aid of Natasha too.
He also thanked Inspector Colin Conway, of Wiltshire Police, who brought a cheque to the family’s home.
For details or to donate items for a charity auction email firstname.lastname@example.org. uk. For tickets to the show on January 25 – £8 for adults or £5 for concessions – phone 07970 501599 or 07917 640673.