Mother renews plea for little Poppy
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