THE £10,000 target may have already been met, but that hasn’t stopped the donations pouring in to help a terminally-ill mum take her family on holiday to Disney World.
People have been deeply touched by the story of Clare Baillie, 37, who wants to visit the Florida theme park with her four children before cancer claims her life.
Since The News announced the fundraising campaign on Saturday, more than £3,500 has now been donated by more than 130 people.
Two big pledges have helped to push the total up to the £10,000 the Baillies originally estimated they would need for the trip.
Clare’s friend Gina Tillet, who started the campaign, plans to continue raising money so the family have some spending money to take with them.
Clare’s bucket list, apart from Disney World, also includes donating £1,000 each to the British Heart Foundation, Hannah’s Holiday Home, The Rowans Hospice and a cancer charity.
Clare’s husband Kane, 27, a health and safety adviser, of Kirpal Road, Baffins, said: ‘Everyone has been really supportive.
‘We were looking at the holiday being £10,000, but what are we going to do for spending money? These are things we hadn’t thought about.
‘Gina wants to help so if the children ask for something we can do it.
‘She was talking about them having dinner with the Disney characters.’
He said Clare is incredibly grateful, although is very weak at the moment after coming out of hospital last Friday.
The £10,000 target was achieved over the weekend when Portsmouth-based charity Football for Cancer sent the family a cheque for £5,000, and film star and former footballer Vinnie Jones pledged to put another $5,000 (about £3,200) towards the holiday.
The act of kindness for Clare comes after she showed amazing generosity towards a stranger last year.
Clare spearheaded the fundraising campaign Lucy’s Last Wish after hearing about the plight of Lucy Jenkins while shopping in the One Stop store in Cowplain, where the mum-of-two used to work.
Lucy, 25, from Wecock, died from cancer last February, but fundraisers were able to raise £20,000 to send her family to Disneyland.
Lucy’s husband Dave Jenkins has been in touch to wish Clare well and offer any help he can give.
Donations can still be made at ClaresDisneyDream.
People can also show their support on Twitter by using #ClaresDisneyDream.