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Little girls face being orphaned as mum battles terminal cancer

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Two little girls face being left orphaned after their mum was diagnosed with terminal cancer just years after their dad tragically died.

Helen Davy from Rotherham was given the devastating terminal diagnosis around five weeks ago when she found out she had cancer in her appendix, bowel, stomach, colon and pelvis.

The 44-year-old from Thurcroft tragically lost her husband John just four years ago after he suffered a blood clot close to his heart.

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The couple have two daughters Annalise, eight and Kairen, five.

Family friend Paul Keeton decided to set up a Go Fund Me page to help Helen and her girls create some lasting memories together while they can.

It is hoped that it will help to pay for one last family trip away together in the UK.

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Paul said: “Around four years ago John passed away, he had a condition and ended up with a blood clot in his heart and he died. At the time Kairen was just one and Annalise was four.

“Understandably that left a huge whole in the family.

“Recently Helen has been at the doctors complaining of pain in her left hand side. Doctors at first thought that it was appendicitis and they were looking at removing her appendix.

“Around five weeks ago they were doing more tests and that’s when they found the cancer. It had started in her appendix and spread to her bowel, stomach, colon and pelvis.

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“It’s horrific and we just wanted to do something to help them in any way that we could.”

Paul decided to set up a GoFundMe page to raise money to pay for a trip away together for Helen and the girls so that they can create some lasting memories.

He added: “I just wanted to set it up as I wasn’t sure what else that we could do to help them.

“I can’t imagine losing a parent now, so I can’t imagine what the girls and the family must be going through. It’s just horrific.

“Hopefully any money we raise will be able to get them a holiday in the UK so that they can make some lasting memories with their mum.



Helen Davy with her husband John, who passed away four years ago, and their children Annalise, eight and Kairen, five
Helen Davy with her husband John, who passed away four years ago, and their children Annalise, eight and Kairen, five

“We know that the money isn’t going to change the world but if it helps the girls to have a lasting memory with their mum that will be enough.

“They are just two girls aged five and eight who are facing being orphaned, it’s just heartbreaking. If this page can help make a memory for the little girls that is all we want.”

Both families live on the same street in the Thurcroft area of Rotherham and have known each other for around six years as their children go to the same school.

Paul added: “I just wanted to highlight that these kids have already suffered so much with the loss of their dad and are now facing losing their mum too.

“We just wanted to do something to help them.”

The fundraising page smashed its initial target of £1,000 in just 18 hours and Paul is now hopeful of raising even more.

If you want to donate to the Go Fund Me page you can do so here.

Written by: Rother Radio News


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