Last night I learned some devastating news about a local family that I have had the pleasure of knowing for some time. Let me start from the beginning .
Four years ago a lovely lady named Emma was one of the first people I met when I joined a new WI group that was just starting up in a nearby village. She was always friendly and made time to chat and make me feel welcome. She was well known and well loved within the group. Last year on 29th October we received the shocking news that Emma had suddenly passed away unexpectedly and, not surprisingly, as a group we were all left feeling devastated. We’ve spent the last year coming to terms with the loss of Emma who was a huge part of the soul of the group and we have organised fundraisers in her memory for the charities she supported. We’ve also been working on a gift from us all for her 6 year old daughter Willow.
Last night I discovered that over the summer Emma’s husband became very ill. Its turned out he has cancer which has already spread too far for any treatment to help and so there is nothing the Doctors can do for him. His situation has deteriorated rapidly and he is now receiving end of life care at Sobell House Hospice. This has meant that little Willow is now in the care of relatives and facing losing both her parents within a year of one another, something I don’t think any of us can possibly imagine a 6 year old child having to go through. I personally am absolutely heartbroken for and for her family. Life can sometimes be beyond cruel.
I am sharing this news with you because a great team of friends of the family have set up a fundraising page to raise money to give Willow the holiday of a lifetime to Disneyland Paris. This little girl is going to go through hell all over again over the coming weeks/months and the aim of this trip is to give her something to look forward to in her darkest days. The saying ‘it takes a village to raise a child’ really shines through here I think with so many people thinking of this little girl and doing whatever they can to help.
So here is the bottom line. If you have any money to spare, even just £1, please please donate using the link here and lets get this little girl the trip of her dreams and show her that there is still some good in this world. Thank you x
(this post is written with permission from Willow’s relatives who are currently caring for her).