Help dying Dagenham mum fundraise for last family holiday
PUBLISHED: 13:00 23 May 2016
A dying mum who has raised thousands of pounds to enjoy a final “magical” family holiday says staggering insurance costs means she will have to double her target.
Terminally ill Rebecca Warren, 35, has been “overwhelmed” by the support of friends and strangers, who last week raised more than £5,000 for next month’s getaway.
But now the sick mum will need to raise the same again to make the it happen.
“I want to take my family to Disneyland Paris because I’m a believer in magical stuff,” said the Cadiz Road, Dagenham resident.
“I’m overwhelmed because so many people are helping me, but it’s frustrating that we need so much more money.”
Rebecca has been staying at St Francis Hospice in Romford for the past two months to receive pain relief.
“I’ve been just heart-broken,” she said.
“I was so disheartened when I realised the insurance was going to be sky-high.”
After she was diagnosed with a spinal ependymoma nine years ago, Rebecca will now have to raise £10,000 to ensure that her entire family can enjoy the break next month.
“It’s my last wish,” she said.
“I just want memories for my children, I just want to make them happy.
“I won’t be able to be there for them, so I need them to have this.”
Rebecca says her children, who are eight, 14 and 16, are over the moon at the holiday.
“They are ecstatic about it, I’ve never seen them so excited, especially Brooke [the youngest].”
Since Christmas, Rebecca’s condition has rapidly deteriorated and she is beset with multiple spine and brain tumours. She is wheelchair bound and unable to fly.
Writing on her GoFundMe page, she adds: “I want a everlasting memory, one of happiness, smiles and laughter, not tears and heartache.
“I would like you to help me achieve one last holiday with my daughters, my mum, dad, siblings, nieces and nephews.”
“I want to give something back to them for all the love and support you have all given me over the years.”
Donate by heading to gofundme.com/24hfyhg
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