THE mum of basketball star Rachael Bland is desperate to secure funding to help her daughter’s dream come true.
The 21-year-old won a scholarship at Lakehead University in Ontario, Canada, fulfilling a childhood ambition.
But mum Susan is worried Rachael will struggle to fund the essentials she needs for her adventure and is appealing for sponsorship to help with some essential costs.
As well as expensive flights, the harsh Ontario winters see temperatures drop to -20°c, son she will need to buy thermal clothes if she is to cope.
“She’s going to find it very hard financially and I just can’t help her,” said Susan.
“In our family, she is the first ever to achieve something like this and I’m so proud.
“It’s her life and I’m just looking for a way to help her continue to achieve like she has.”