A four-year-old girl given less than a year to live after being diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour is within touching distance of a dream trip to Disneyland.
Millie Brown, from Ronald Road in Halstead, was taken to hospital last month after complaining about problems with her vision and balance. A CT scan revealed the youngster had a brain tumour, but due to its location doctors said they had no chance of removing the growth.
Within weeks Millie had started a three-week course of radiotherapy at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge in an attempt to either shrink or freeze the tumour and prolong her life.
Since being given the diagnosis Millie’s parents, Lisa Stock and Glen Brown, along with the rest of her family, have embarked on a fundraising effort in order to provide her with special memories and days out before she becomes too ill. Their overall aim is to raise £10,000, which would allow Millie to go to Disneyland Paris.
On Sunday a day of events and activities took place at Halstead Public Gardens and the town’s Scenarios pub and nightclub.
It is expected that the funds raised from the day will top £8,000.
Millie’s uncle Gavin Stock said the family had been blown away by the number of people who turned out on the day and lent their support.
“The day went really well, the weather was good and it was very busy,” said Mr Stock.
“It was overwhelming to see the number of people come out and we are so grateful for the support.
“Everyone has been brilliant and so many people have helped out. It really has been incredible and the whole community has been involved.”
Throughout the day children were entertained by a magician, dance acts and bands, while there was also a bouncy castle and face-painting. In the evening events moved to Scenarios where there was a disco and auction, with items including signed football shirts and boxing gloves.
Mr Stock said Millie, who finished her radiotherapy last week and had a check-up at Colchester Hospital on Tuesday had enjoyed the day.
“She had a good day and got involved as best as she could,” he said.
“He check-up went as well as could be expected this week and we now just have to wait for her MRI scan in July.”
Dean Russell, manager of Scenarios, where Millie’s grandmother Christine Stock also works, said he had been impressed by the number of people offering to help at the event.
“It was absolutely fantastic and there was a brilliant atmosphere,” said Mr Russell.
“We could not have asked for a better day and to make around £8,000 from one day is some going.”
Last weekend a football match held at Halstead Town Football Club for Millie raised more than £2,000.
It is hoped she will be able to travel to Disneyland before her MRI scan at Colchester Hospital on July 7.