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More than £4,000 has been raised in less than a week to help a dying woman's wishes come true.

Former Wisbech KFC worker Natalie Blandford-Heaney has been diagnosed with an extremely rare, and aggressive type of cancer known as carcinoma of the sinus and sadly she is in stage 4, meaning it is incurable.

The 39-year-old married her partner Connie Heaney in King's Lynn in December in a service that had to be brought forward because of Natalie's illness.

Natalie has a tumour in her mouth, nose, sinus and eye. (54464387)
Natalie has a tumour in her mouth, nose, sinus and eye. (54464387)

Now her cousin Anne Hunt and mum Gill Blandford have launched a fundraising effort to try to raise as much money as possible to make some of Natalie's last wishes come true.

Among them is to watch West Ham play but her sickness means she is unable to sit in the stands because her immune system has been compromised after the treatment she has undergone, making her vulnerable to bugs.

Instead she needs a box where she can watch her team play in relative safety. However, it is an expensive undertaking which is why Anne and Gill launched a Gofundme appeal, with a target of £3,000.

Natalie with her partner Connie Heaney who she married in December. (54464399)
Natalie with her partner Connie Heaney who she married in December. (54464399)

However, within just three days, generous friends, family and anonymous donors have helped exceed that total, meaning more of Natalie's wishes can be granted.

Long-term friend Amanda Gower, who worked with Natalie at KFC in in the late 1990s and early 2000s said: "I'm not sure my dying wishes would be as humble as Natalie's. Apart from watching West Ham she wants to visit Banham Zoo,take a boat trip down the river through Upwell where she lives and visit Cadbury's World - all simple things."

Natalie was given the heartbreaking news she had cancer in September last year whilst she was living on the Isle of Wight. She moved back to Cambridgeshire in the autumn as her best chance of treatment was at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge.

Natalie on her wedding day, the event had to be brought forward because of her illness. (54464405)
Natalie on her wedding day, the event had to be brought forward because of her illness. (54464405)

Her illness first began as a simple toothache in January last year. But unfortunately she was unable to get to see a dentist until June..

Amanda explained: "They took x-rays and announced Natalie needed four teeth out - unfortunately the dentist missed the tumour growing in Natalie's jaw."

The teeth were extracted and samples were taken, which came back as showing Natalie did in fact have cancer in her upper mouth, sinus, eye and nose.

Natalie with her partner Connie Heaney who she married in December. (54464402)
Natalie with her partner Connie Heaney who she married in December. (54464402)

Cancer specialists decided it was too dangerous to operate as Natalie would potentially lose her eye, nose and upper palate and instead she has been receiving chemotherapy, which has seen her tumour shrink.

Amanda said: "The chemotherapy is to give her more time. When the chemo stops, it will grow back aggressively. She has a meeting with specialists next week to see what they plan to do next.

"It could be they decide to do radiotherapy as she has had all the chemo, but it may also be they decide there is nothing else they can do and then it will only be a matter of time.

Natalie Blandofrd Worked in KFC in Wisbech and also at other local firms before moving to the Isle of Wight for a time. (54464390)
Natalie Blandofrd Worked in KFC in Wisbech and also at other local firms before moving to the Isle of Wight for a time. (54464390)

"So it is fantastic that we have managed to raise the money for her to watch West Ham, now we want to see about making her other wishes come true too."

To donate visit Gofundme.



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