TERMINALLY-ill Kelly Bainbridge-Flor wants to spend what could be her final Christmas reaching out to others.
The 28-year-old was not expected to see last Christmas after being given a week to live when diagnosed with an extremely-rare brain cancer in July 2011.
But Kelly, from Moorside, has gone on to amaze doctors with her will to live, with each day becoming a personal battle.
Though still extremely poorly, spending many days bed-ridden and taking more than 20 different medications, she is still determined to help others – with YOUR help.
She has teamed up with best friend Kelly Miller, 28, to urge Echo readers to donate gifts for their Christmas appeal. They aim to go to Sunderland Royal Hospital with little sister Katie Bainbridge, 13, on December 22, to give out the gifts and bring some cheer.
Kelly, who is married to Dino, said: “I know what it’s like to be in hospital at Christmas and New Year and it’s horrible.”
“I thought that once visiting time is over and your friends and family have gone home, it would be nice if someone popped in to deliver a present.
“We want presents for men and women of all ages: toiletries, books, games, anything like that.
“It would be great if businesses could donate also.”
Kelly was originally diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009, after doctors discovered a golf-ball sized tumour in her left breast.
Aged just 25, she made the decision to have her healthy right breast removed as well to lessen the chances of breast cancer returning.
Once she had completed her treatment she returned to a normal life, only to be told that she had developed inoperable secondary cancer in her brain.
Nothing can be done to treat the disease, carcinomatous meningitis, a type of cancerous meningitis.
Despite this, Kelly takes every day as it comes. She has almost completed her bucket list, a list of 25 things she wanted to do before she died, and is looking forward to Christmas celebrations.
“We’ve got a really busy Christmas with lots of things planned,” she said.
“I never thought I’d finish the bucket list but I’ve only got a couple left to do. “
* Anyone with any gifts or wrapping paper can donate them at the Echo office in Pennywell. Mark them for the attention of reporter Katy Wheeler.