The family of a young girl with an inoperable brain tumour are fundraising to make her dreams of going to Disneyland come true.
Millie Brown, from Ronald Road, Halstead, was diagnosed with a brain stem tumour on April 14. The four-year-old began a three-week course of radiotherapy at Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge on Thursday, but doctors have said it is likely the treatment will only prolong her life for less than a year.
Since Millie’s family was given the devastating news they have begun a fundraising effort to help pay for special days out for the youngster. The hope is £10,000 can be raised and Millie, along with mum Lisa Stock and dad Glen Brown, can travel to Disneyland Paris before she becomes too ill.
“We want to make sure she enjoys the rest of her life,” said Christine Stock, Millie’s grandma.
“She can’t go to America as she would not be able to fly, but would love to go to Disneyland Paris. She doesn’t know too much about what is going on, but knows she is not well and is taking each day as it comes.”
Millie, who has a younger sister Ruby, three, and brother, Henry, one, was diagnosed after she started complaining about her vision and losing her balance early last month.
A series of events have been planned at Halstead Public Gardens and Scenarios pub and nightclub, where Mrs Stock works, on May 25. A football match is also to take place at Halstead Football Club on May 17 at 1pm.
Mrs Stock said the community had rallied around to support the family.
“We are living a nightmare at the moment and when we found out everyone was shocked,” said the 57-year-old, who lives in Halstead.
“It has been horrible, but the response from people has been marvellous. Millie is having radiotherapy all this week and hopefully it will give her a little while longer.”
A twitter page raising awareness of Millie’s plight has attracted more than 350 followers and there has been no shortage of people willing to help with fundraising.
“The community has been really good and I have had bands saying they will donate their time for free,” said Dean Russell, manager of Scenarios.
To donate visit any Lloyds bank with a cheque made payable to the Magical Millie Fund. Sort code 30-13-68 and account number 12042368.