A NURSE whose young daughter was diagnosed with an incurable brain tumour has said she is ‘overwhelmed’ by people’s generosity after more than £21,000 was pledged during a crowdfunder.
Tori Butler, who grew up in Stoke Heath and attended Stoke Prior First School, St John’s Middle School and South Bromsgrove High School, received the devastating news that three-year-old Felicity has only nine to 12 months to live.
Tori, a respiratory ward sister for a NHS hospital in Northampton, is currently staying in Nottingham where Felicity is receiving radiotherapy and symptom-alleviation treatment at the hospital where she was diagnosed less than a month ago.
The cash raised through the JustGiving page, set up by her manager Elizabeth Lamb, will go towards making memories and the youngster’s remaining months ‘as spectacular as possible’.
The original target was set at £20,000 but that was smashed within 25 days.
Tori said she could not believe how everybody wanted to help.
“It was unexpected.
“Following this news I would like the money raised to go towards making some special family memories to treasure and hold onto in the darkest days.”
During Felicity’s time in Nottingham, her family have been staying in a free ‘home from home’ accommodation by Young Lives vs Cancer.
Tori said she and her family were ‘unbelievably grateful’.
“Young Lives has been so helpful and supportive.
“It is an amazing resource for what is a parent’s worst time.”
Although the JustGiving page for Felicity closes on Wednesday, Tori is urging anyone who wants to offer help and support to donate to Young Lives vs Cancer which offers its services for free and is reliant on donations.
“We have already been given so much – we want to give back to the people who have been an absolute Godsend for us and other families.”
Visit justgiving.com/crowdfunding/elizabeth-lamb/ to donate to Felicity’s page before Wednesday, January 31.
Go to justgiving.com/younglivesvscancer to donate to Young Lives vs Cancer.
Story by Holly Clement.