Terminally-ill Sunderland mum enjoys Disney trip with her family thanks to online appeal

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A fundraising evening for Kayleigh will also be held to raise more cash for the kid’s future.

Sunderland mum-of-two Kayleigh Lynch, 26, of Southwick, has been diagnosed with rare cancer Fibrolamellar Hepatocellular Carcinoma (FHCC), which only affects one in every five million people.

Following an online appeal set up by friend Amy Allsop, generous members of the community, and local businesses, raised £9,086 to send Kayleigh, her partner, their daughters and her mum to Disneyland Paris on what may be one of her last holidays. The family flew from Newcastle to the resort on August 7, where they stayed at the Disney Hotel for four nights.

“It was amazing,” Miss Lynch said. “We’re so grateful to people who have donated. We were able to spoil the kids rotten.

“They met the Disney princesses and we even stayed in the Disneyland Park Hotel. Everything that people have done for us is so overwhelming and there are still people offering to do things for us.”

Sunderland City Council, along with regional businesses including the EE at Doxford Park, were among those who held raffles and cake sales to raise funds for the family.

The holiday will provide lasting memories for her children Holly, one, and Keira, five, with the rest of the funds going into ISAs for the girls’ future.

“We want to put money away for savings,” Ms Lynch added. “We’re just happy with whatever we get, as every little counts - there are so many generous people out there.”

In May last year the former care home assistant was shocked to discover a tumour on her liver, just months after giving birth to her second child Holly.

Doctors at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle removed 80 per cent of her liver in July, but until recently Miss Lynch was reliant on fortnightly chemotherapy treatment to keep her going.

Now she has stopped the treatment, which made her unwell, and she’s been told there’s nothing more doctors can do to cure her cancer,

However, she is in talks with consultants at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle to see if she is eligible to trial drugs which may benefit her.

It has been the second devastating blow for the family, after Kayleigh lost her brother Paul in 2012 from the adult version of cot death, aged just 32.

But the cash poured in for the brave mum on a Go Fund Me page in just two months- far surpassing the aim to raise £5,000 - sending Ms Lynch along with mum and carer Elaine Lynch, partner Stuart Douglas, and her children to Disneyland.

“I had a big operation to remove the tumour from my liver and after they removed it I went for a check-up scan and I was told the tumour had spread to my lungs and liver,” Miss Lynch told the Echo earlier this year.

“It is such a rare cancer there is big pioneering work taking place to see what is best for this type.”

A fundraising evening for Kayleigh will also be held to raise more cash for her children’s future.

The event will be held at the The Pullman Lodge in Seaburn on Friday, September 11, at 7pm featuring singers, dancers, a raffle and sponsored leg waxing.

Tickets are £8. To buy one or to donate raffle prizes, e-mail leannel@sky.com.