Mother re­news plea for lit­tle Poppy

Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - - Police Chief - By Ly­dia Chantler-hicks @ly­di­akm_ lchantler­hicks@thek­m­group.co.uk

A mother who needs £300,000 to fund cancer treat­ment for her two-year-old daugh­ter says much-needed do­na­tions are slow­ing down.

More than £42,000 has so far been raised to pay for ground­break­ing proton beam ther­apy in the USA for Poppy Martin, who is fight­ing an ag­gres­sive brain tu­mour.

But mum Elle, 21, a for­mer stu­dent of Can­ter­bury’s Arch­bishop’s School, says the ap­peal has un­der­stand­ably tailed off since Poppy’s Plea was launched three months ago.

Poppy has al­ready en­dured 72 rounds of chemo­ther­apy to shrink the tu­mour, which has taken most of the sight in her left eye and is in­op­er­a­ble in the UK.

Late last month Elle re­ceived the heart­break­ing news that the ag­gres­sive growth is also too big to be treated by spe­cial­ists at the Johns Hop­kins Hospi­tal in Bal­ti­more.

But she hopes Poppy will be el­i­gi­ble for proton beam ther­apy in Philadel­phia.

Elle, who lives in Whit­stable said: “Do­na­tions have slowed down, but it’s not un­ex­pected – most fundrais­ing does that.”

Poppy’s story has in­spired well­wish­ers from across the area to do ev­ery­thing they can to raise money.

This ranges from col­lect­ing old pound coins to sell­ing hand­made Christ­mas wreaths.

“It’s amaz­ing, and it shows you how kind and how lov­ing peo­ple can be,” said Elle.

To do­nate to Poppy’s Plea, visit www.just­giv­ing.com/ crowd­fund­ing/pop­pys­plea

Poppy Martin with her mother Elle

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