Fund page for Riannh raises £1k in a week

Ormskirk Advertiser - - Front Page - BY EMILIA BONA emilia.bona@trin­i­tymir­ @emil­i­abona

AFUNDRAISING page set up for a 13-yearold who was di­ag­nosed with can­cer has raised more than a thou­sand pounds in a week.

Riannh Melling from Hes­keth Bank was di­ag­nosed with stage four Hodgkin Lym­phoma and is fac­ing rounds of chemo­ther­apy treat­ment for her ill­ness.

Af­ter hear­ing about Riannh’s con­di­tion, a fundrais­ing page was set up to help her and her mum Katie out with costs as she un­der­goes treat­ment.

The page was set up by fam­ily friend Sam­mie Roberts, who has known Katie for over 20 years, as well as oth­ers hop­ing to help the fam­ily.

In less than 48 hours the crowd­fun­der raised nearly £1,000 and, one week on, the £1,500 tar­get is well within reach.

Katie, who is a sin­gle mum of four, is said to be “over­whelmed” by the gen­eros­ity of peo­ple do­nat­ing money to help her fam­ily through this dif­fi­cult time.

Sam­mie said: “A few of us thought that we re­ally needed to do some­thing.

“Katie is go­ing to have to think about child­care and trans­port be­cause Riannh is be­ing treated at Alder Hay.

“We just wanted to help be­cause we were think­ing of travel costs and fund­ing her when she’s down there.

“Even if we could send them all on hol­i­day that would be amaz­ing.”

Sam­mie added that she was over­whelmed to see that many of the on­line do­na­tions came from peo­ple who didn’t even know the fam­ily.

She said: “Peo­ple just want to rally round. Katie couldn’t be­lieve how many peo­ple have got in­volved.”

Mes­sages of sup­port were left on the fundrais­ing page by peo­ple do­nat­ing money to help Riannh and her fam­ily.

Beth Har­ri­son-Clark com­mented: “Keep fight­ing Riannh, you’re strong and can get through this. My thoughts are with you, your mum and fam­ily.”

Anita Grady said: “You’re gonna be fine kiddo. Stay strong the whole vil­lage are be­hind you. You can beat this.”

Cindy Ormesher posted to say: “My thoughts and prayers are with you and your fam­ily Riannh – stay strong.”

Katie Melling with her 13-year-old daugh­ter, Riannh, for whom £1,000 has been raised so far

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