A five-year-old girl who has been bravely battling leukaemia will be going on a dream holiday to Disneyworld thanks to generous well-wishers.
Chloe Chaplin, of Wisbech, can now enjoy a family trip to the resort in Florida, USA, following her treatment after more than £6,000 was donated to the Chloe’s Dream appeal last week.
Around £4,500 of the money was raised from a charity ball held at Marshland High School last month, with the rest coming from collection boxes, donations and events like cake stalls and raffles.
Michelle Chaplin, 42, who is mum to Chloe and eldest daughter Holly, 11, said: “I can’t thank everyone enough. I have been totally amazed at how people have donated their time and money.
“The amount of support we have had from family and friends has been great too, they are like the scaffolding that keeps us up.”
Chloe, of The Chase, started showing symptoms of the disease last summer when she began suffering from severe tiredness and virus-like symptoms with a high temperature.
She was taken to her GP, and after several tests, she was diagnosed with leukaemia at just four-years-old.
She started chemotherapy straightaway and had to have blood transfusions as she was so anaemic.
Chloe, who attends Peckover Primary School, Wisbech, is still receiving treatment at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn, but it is hoped she will be well enough to go to Disneyworld next year.
The charity ball was organised by Emneth resident John Fleet, who knows Chloe and her family through trampolining club Fenland Flyers, which Chloe had just started attending when she was diagnosed.
He said: “Chloe is just like a little princess. She’s a fantastic girl and you wouldn’t wish this on anyone, least of all her.
“Her family had booked a holiday to Disneyland Paris when she was diagnosed so that couldn’t happen and a group of us got together over dinner and decided to fundraise to send them to Florida when she finishes treatment.”
John thanked everyone who helped and supported the event, particularly Rudd Marquees, which supplied all the tables and chairs and White China, which supplied the crockery and cutlery, completely free of charge. He also thanked King’s Lynn Volkswagen and Audi dealerships for donating £200 each and Volkwagen for providing a car for the weekend as a raffle prize.