A campaign to make the wishes of a terminally-ill child come true has raised more than £10,000 in less than a week.
Relatives of Hollie Taylor (3) created an online donations page on Saturday with the aim of raising a relatively modest £2000 among friends.
Instead they have watched aghast as the figure topped £10,400 yesterday and continued to climb as word spread across the country and as far afield as Saudi Arabia.
Hollie, from Bainsford, looked to be recovering last year from a rare and aggressive rhabdoid tumour, but her condition has since deteriorated and doctors say she may have just weeks to live.
Parents Elaine and John hope to make her remaining time as fun as possible and plan to take her on several trips if her health allows.
That led to Audrey McDowall, Elaine’s sister, to creating the fundraising page to help out.
“We want to be strong for Hollie and make sure some positives can come from this,” said Ashley Morrison, Elaine’s cousin.
“Our family have already pulled together to pay for her to travel to Disneyworld. The fundraising page is to help pay for anything else that Hollie might want to do. We’ve been totally humbled by people’s generosity.”
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.
“As a family we are absolutely devastated,” said Audrey. “I have started this page to allow others to help us to ensure that Hollie and her mum and dad enjoy every moment of time that they have left with her.
“Hollie is the only child of my sister Elaine and her partner John, she is so full of energy and one of the funniest little girls I know. It is important to the whole family that whatever time she has left is spent doing all of the activities that all little girls dream of, like meeting Disney princesses, visiting Peppa pig and ensuring that her remaining time on this earth is spent with her family and filled with lots of fun memories.”
A fundraising gala in Hollie’s name for the Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Group charity (CCLG) will be held at Grangemouth Town Hall on March 21, with more details to be confirmed nearer the time.
To donate to Hollie’s campaign, visit Indiegogo and search for ‘Help terminally ill Hollie’ or copy and paste this link into your browser: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/help-terminally-ill-hollie-age-3-get-her-wishes--4