Hollie Taylor family say thank you after campaign tops £11,000

John, Hollie and Elaine said thanks to all those who had contributed this week. Picture: Michael Gillen
John, Hollie and Elaine said thanks to all those who had contributed this week. Picture: Michael Gillen

The mother of a young girl with incurable cancer has spoken of her gratitude after a campaign to make her dreams come true raised more than £11,000.

The money will be used to allow Hollie Taylor to have as much fun as fun as possible, with the remainder likely to be donated to a charity fund established in her name for research into rare children’s cancers.

The three-year-old, from Bainsford, looked to be recovering from a rare and aggressive rhabdoid tumour, but her condition has since deteriorated.

Relatives of Hollie created an online donations page last month with the aim of raising a relatively modest £2000 among friends.

Instead they have watched amazed as the final figure reached £11,686.

Mum Elaine McDowall (35) said: “My sister Audrey told me she set up the fundraising page as so many people wanted to help. I thought £2000 was a bit much to ask for - but we raised that within 24 hours and the amount kept climbing.”

Hollie was born eight weeks premature in 2012 and spent a further eight weeks in intensive care.

Doctors later found a rhabdoid tumour near the nape of her neck and she underwent a gruelling programme of chemotherapy.

Despite recovering well enough to begin nursery, Hollie underwent an MRI scan last month which confirmed the cancer had returned.

Hollie, Elaine and dad John (41) will travel to Disneyland Paris next week. A series of daytrips, including visits to Edinburgh Zoo and Seaworld are also planned.

A family wedding has also been brought forward so Hollie can act as a flower girl.

“The support we’ve been offered by so many people is magical,” added Elaine. “We can’t say thank you enough.”

A charity fundraising gala day for the fund will take place at Grangemouth Town Hall on Saturday, March 21, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.