Free holiday to give brave Rebekah a lift

112601-7531 LEUKEMIA (RS) MRW 22/7/2011  (cantre) Rebekah Sanderson (19) from Portchester is currently undergoing treatment for leukemia in The Queen Alexandra Hospital at Cosham  (left to right) ) brother Curtis Sanderson (17) with Rebekah Sanderson (19) and (right) her auntie Luisa Sherman (38)    Picture: Malcolm Wells (112601-7531
112601-7531 LEUKEMIA (RS) MRW 22/7/2011 (cantre) Rebekah Sanderson (19) from Portchester is currently undergoing treatment for leukemia in The Queen Alexandra Hospital at Cosham (left to right) ) brother Curtis Sanderson (17) with Rebekah Sanderson (19) and (right) her auntie Luisa Sherman (38) Picture: Malcolm Wells (112601-7531

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A TEENAGER who was diagnosed with leukaemia just weeks ago has been offered a free holiday.

Rebekah Sanderson was forced to drop out of university and has spent weeks in hospital undergoing chemotherapy since she was told she had acute leukaemia in July.

Her friends and family raised £4,000 in her honour in a fundraising day in July.

But now Rebekah, 19, from Waltham Close in Portchester, has been offered a week’s holiday in the New Forest with her family.

Pam Westbrook runs the Hannah’s holiday home appeal, after her daughter Hannah died in 2004 after suffering from Hodgkin’s disease.

The park has an indoor and outdoor pool, an outdoor play area, shop, club house, arcade and games area with family entertainment.

Rebekah’s mum, Nicola, 44, said: ‘It’s lovely and it’s very kind.

‘That will be something for us to look forward to when she’s better. It looks lovely.

‘She was pleased with the generosity, especially from a stranger. Anything like this is something to focus on for the future.

‘It helps with her attitude.

‘Sometimes she gets very down and it’s quite uplifting to have something to look forward to at the end of all this.

‘It allows her to have a more positive outlook on things.’

Rebekah is still in hospital and is starting another course of chemotherapy as part of her treatment.

Pam, 42, said she was inspired to offer the home to Rebekah and her family after reading about her in The News.

‘It touches a lot of people,’ she said.

‘If we can offer a free holiday just to take away the stresses and strains of the horrible bits of life then that’s great.

‘She’s only a young girl. It brings it all back to me.

‘If we can help and make life a bit easier for a couple of days and offer some quality family time it makes all the difference.’

Rebekah’s brother, Curtis, 18, added: ‘It will be something to look forward to when she’s out. We are grateful for that.’

Rebekah’s family have set up a fund in her name. To make a donation, visit justgiving.com/ rebekahsanderson.