Hopes are high that treatment given to a terminally-ill four-year-old girl will help extend her life.
Millie Brown, from Ronald Road, Halstead, completed a three-week course of radiotherapy at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge on Tuesday.
Her family now face an anxious wait to see how the treatment has affected an inoperable brain tumour which Millie was diagnosed with in April.
“We have our fingers crossed the radiotherapy will have shrunk or frozen the tumour and that will give her more time,” said Millie’s grandmother Christine Stock, from Halstead.
A campaign to raise £10,000 to allow Millie to enjoy special days out has been started.
Her mum and dad, Lisa Stock and Glen Brown, are hoping some of the funds can be put towards a trip to Disneyland Paris.
Mrs Stock said it was possible this holiday could happen before Millie undergoes a scan at Colchester Hospital on July 7 to check the size of her tumour.
“At the moment, they are hoping to go away towards the end of June,” she said. “It is something they have spoken about.”
The prospect of the trip was given a boost on Saturday when a fundraising football match was held at Halstead Town Football Club. All the players turned out in shirts bearing Millie’s name and age, raising a total of £2,150.
This Sunday, another event is being held for Millie, who attends Richard de Clare School in Halstead.
Live music, dancing and face-painting will take place in Halstead Public Gardens from noon to 6pm and a disco and auction will be held at Scenarios pub and nightclub from 8pm to 1am.
“Everything is going brilliantly ahead of Sunday,” said Mrs Stock, who works at the venue.
“All the staff have been fantastic – I cannot thank them enough for everything they have done.”
Lots listed for the auction include boxing gloves signed by Ricky Hatton and Barry McGuigan, golf lessons, four adult bikes and tickets to an Ipswich Town home match.
“We just hope lots of people come along and support what we are doing for Millie,” said Mrs Stock.