A fundraising campaign aiming to put the smile back on the face of a little girl diagnosed with a rare cancer has raised £1,500 in just 10 days.
Brave two-and-a-half-year-old Scarlett Gray was diagnosed with aggressive children’s cancer neuroblastoma just two weeks ago.
The little fighter is now facing around ten weeks of treatment at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge, where she is currently in a barrier room having caught gastroenteritis and tonsillitis.
Her parents Angela and Jamie Gray, from RAF Marham, will also be in and out of hospital with Scarlett for at least the next 18 months.
Within days of the devastating diagnosis, family friend Emma Roose decided to set up a campaign through online fundraising website, GoFundMe, in the hope of bringing some joy back into their lives.
She appealed to friends, family members and the local community to donate money so the family could do something special together when Scarlett gets out of hospital – and raised a fantastic £1,500 in just ten days.
Miss Roose said: “Scarlett has always been such an upbeat, happy and confident character and to see the smile fade from her face has been absolutely heart-breaking.
“I set up the fundraising page as a way of allowing all of Scarlett’s friends and family to show their support. It has been amazing to see how much money has been raised in such a short amount of time and the family will be so thrilled that after such awful news they have something to look forward to.
“They might be able to enjoy a trip to Disneyland in the future, or it could buy some toys and activities to make her stay in hospital more bearable.”
GoFundMe’s media director Kelsea Little said the campaign has been “incredibly successful”.
Anyone wishing to donate to Scarlett’s appeal can visit: www.gofundme.com/jf22m86k