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A Fenland boating firm has helped add a tick to a dying woman's bucket list at the weekend.

The sun shone as Fox's Narrowboats in March helped Natalie Blandford-Heaney make one of her wishes come true by taking her for a sail up the river through Upwell and Outwell.

Natalie has 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.

Fox's Narrowboats helped Natalie Blandford-Heaney's dream trip come true, and she was joined by from left: Jayne Jenner, James Blandford, Connie Blandford-Heaney, and Gill Blandford. (55716796)
Fox's Narrowboats helped Natalie Blandford-Heaney's dream trip come true, and she was joined by from left: Jayne Jenner, James Blandford, Connie Blandford-Heaney, and Gill Blandford. (55716796)

She has just completed a gruelling six weeks of radiotherapy which has left her feeling very tired and also suffering burns to her face.

But that did not stop the former Wisbech KFC worker and her family from taking to the water for the dream boat trip.

Joining on Natalie on the ride, which was donated by Fox's Narrowboats after they heard it was one Natalie's wishes to sail through her home village of Outwell, was her partner Connie Blandford Heaney, her mum Gill Blandford, dad James Blandford and step mum Jayne Jenner.

Step mum Jayne Jenner steers the boat on the trip from March to Outwell and back thanks to Fox's Narrowboats. (55719707)
Step mum Jayne Jenner steers the boat on the trip from March to Outwell and back thanks to Fox's Narrowboats. (55719707)

Gill said: "It was an absolutely brilliant day, the weather could not have been more perfect and the staff from Fox's Narrowboats were just so kind and caring. They really helped make the day special for Natalie, and we really can't thank them enough.

"We loved seeing all the wildlife and having a go at steering the barged and operating the locks. It was a very memorable day."

Emily Crossley, who helps run the family boating firm, said: "The day was a huge success, the weather was perfect and Natalie and her family had a great time. We were delighted to be able to help make one of her wishes come true, and we're glad the family enjoyed their trip."

Natalie and her family enjoyed a narrowboat trip from March to Outwell and back thanks to Fox's Narrowboats and Gill tried her hand at steering the barge.
Natalie and her family enjoyed a narrowboat trip from March to Outwell and back thanks to Fox's Narrowboats and Gill tried her hand at steering the barge.

Natalie has already added a tick to her list with a VIP trip to watch her football team, West Ham, play.

The former goalkeeper for the Linnets King's Lynn women's team, is now awaiting a scan in six weeks time to see if there is any other treatment she can have to help prolong her life.

She has a number of wishes including a desire to visit a zoo and a trip to Banham Zoo near Norwich is in the offing, others include a trip to Cadbury's World and a visit to the Tower of London.

A GoFundme page was launched in January by Natalie's cousin Anne Hunt and mum Gill, to help make Natalie's wishes come true and more than £4,000 was raised in less than a week and the total now stands at over £7,000 and the money will be put to good use over the coming weeks, when Natalie is recovered from the radiotherapy.

Natalie and her family enjoyed a narrowboat trip from March to Outwell and back thanks to Fox's Narrowboats. (55719694)
Natalie and her family enjoyed a narrowboat trip from March to Outwell and back thanks to Fox's Narrowboats. (55719694)

Regular updates are posted to the page on Natalie's progress as well as any news on her wishes being fulfilled.

To donate visit Gofundme and search “Help Natalie’s dreams come true”.

It was Natalie's wish to sail through Upwell and Outwell on a narrowboat and thanks to Fox's Narrowboats she can tick that dream off her list.
It was Natalie's wish to sail through Upwell and Outwell on a narrowboat and thanks to Fox's Narrowboats she can tick that dream off her list.
Natalie and her family enjoyed looking at all the wildlife along the river.
Natalie and her family enjoyed looking at all the wildlife along the river.
Natalie and her family were given a different view of March town bridge.
Natalie and her family were given a different view of March town bridge.
Jayne and Gill try their hand at operating the lock.
Jayne and Gill try their hand at operating the lock.
Natalie and her family head out of the Fox's marina in March.
Natalie and her family head out of the Fox's marina in March.


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