A fund to help a little princess battling a brain tumour reached a staggering £15,350 last night

FUNDS to help a beautiful little princess battling a brain tumour has reached fantastic sum of £15,350.

Jonathan and Ellen Mather, parents to Katie, seven and little Emily Mather were devastated to be told in January that their youngest has a rare form of brain cancer.

Within 24 hours the family were attending Manchester Childrens’ Hospital, were Emily, three, had to undergo major brain surgery.

The family are now living at Ronald McDonald House, Manchester, while Emily has her treatment.

After seeing the devastated family worrying about work, money and ultimately paying for their home - where their eldest daughter Katie lives all week with family to go to school - their families decided to raise funds to help ease the financial pressures.

Surgeons have managed to removed 98% of the tumour but the bit that is left is tied to blood vessels and can’t be operated on.

If the results look good Emily may be able to go to America for treatment which gives her a higher success rate of survival. This is dependent on NHS approval.

Sadly, if it isn’t okay it would then mean chemo and radiotherapy which isn’t as good a success rate for Emily.

Fund-raiser Sandra Holman-Mather is Emily’s aunt.

So far two Barrow fundraisers have raised £4167.30 and that's been added to the JustGiving total of £8270. A staggering £15,350 has been raised so far, with more to come in. 

She sadly lost her step-brother Andrew Clarke - Clarko = Courage just five years ago.

He was just 31 when he lost his battle and his bravery throughout inspired so many people locally.
Andrew Clarke

Last night a second fundraiser for Emily was held at The Kill One, Duke Street, Barrow.

Sandra said ALL the tickets were sold out before they were even properly advertised, snapped up by family and friends.

The event saw men painfully losing their leg and chest hair as they were waxed to raise money and others had their heads shaved.

Sandra’s brother Jonathan, Emily’s dad, even put in a surprise appearance turning up dressed as a Paw Patrol character much to everyone’s amusement.

Ticket sales, raffle, tombola etc and the wristbands, plus three hamper raffles last week enabled her to raise a further which raised £770.70.

Sandra added: “So far we have raised £4167.30 but still have money to collect from sponsors and auctions!! Can't believe how generous people have been not only with their time but their money too.

“Thank you to every single person that has contributed so far for our brave little Princess Emily.

“We will be doing more events in the future to keep raising funds and awareness about brain tumours as we lost my step brother (Andrew Clarke clarko=courage) nearly five years ago to a brain tumour too.”

To help raise funds and follow Emily’s journey on Facebook please see link

Just Giving: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/joanne-khandurrani

Images: John Lee Holmes.


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