FUND-RAISING efforts to send a little girl bravely battling cancer to Disneyland have raised enough to send her more than 20 times over – but the rest could be used for treatment in America.
Faye Mawer, who has been heading the fund-raising drive for Imogen Evans, has revealed the campaign has been so successful they have now fulfilled their aim but they will continue efforts in case the family needs to go to America to continue her treatment.
The eight-year-old, who attends St Joseph's Primary School, is battling neuroblastoma, a child-specific form of cancer, and has been undergoing grueling chemotherapy.
The youngster has now started a new trial of chemotherapy in tablet form at Birmingham's Children's Hospital which will see her take the pill over four days, but her family could still end up taking her to America for treatment.
Mrs Mawer said: "Thank you so much to everybody in Uttoxeter who has so kindly and very generously donated towards Imogen's cause.
"Originally I started fund-raising to send Imogen and her family to Disneyland Paris but now that we have enough to make that trip more than 20 times I have decided to continue fund-raising so that if Imogen should need to go to the States to receive treatment there won't be a reason why they can't just get up and go that second.
"During that time I will be using the money to fulfil her little list of 'Things to do when I get better'. No-one, least of all a child, should have to go through this.
"Imogen has had part of her childhood taken away from her, so let's make it as enjoyable as we can to pass the time quicker. I have set the limit for March 2015 as that will mark a year since she started her treatment."
In a bid to allow people to donate more easily, a new fund-raising page has been set up through You Caring. The page is available at www.youcaring.com/nonprofits/fundraising-for-imogen-battleing-neuroblastoma-cancer-/220462
Mrs Mawer said: "Within 10 minutes of setting up the You Caring fund-raising page we had raised £40 and more events are coming up in the future.
"People don't feel like I am overdoing it and they are happy to come to support and donate to the cause.
"Simon and Jinny, Imogen's parents, are very well known in Uttoxeter as they grew up in the town and a lot of people know Imogen through the school so they are willing to give.
"It is nice that so many people are supporting the fund-raisers as this way it does not feel like we are begging for money and people are giving it willingly.
"I have got a lot of other things planned for the end of September and beginning of October but I am just putting everything together now."