More than £5,000 pours in to help Lucy

HELPING HAND Claire Baillie from Portsmouth, left, with Lucy Jenkins of Waterlooville. Picture: Malcolm Wells (14233-6882)
HELPING HAND Claire Baillie from Portsmouth, left, with Lucy Jenkins of Waterlooville. Picture: Malcolm Wells (14233-6882)

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THE incredible generosity of the public has been praised by a woman hoping to make another mum’s final wish come true.

More than £5,000 has already been raised for the Lucy’s Last Wish appeal, with donations coming from as far as Texas, USA.

As reported in The News, Lucy Jenkins, a 25-year-old mum of two, of Linnet Close, Wecock, has just months to live as she has a brain tumour.

Her final wish is for her children to go to Disneyland when she dies.

Mum-of-four Claire Baillie, of Kirpal Road, Baffins, also has terminal cancer and is spearheading a campaign to make the dream a reality by raising £10,000.

The two mums were only recently acquainted after Claire saw a poster – outlining Lucy’s heartbreaking story – at the Cowplain One-Stop store, where Lucy used to work.

More than 2,300 people have joined the Lucy’s Last Wish page on Facebook and several fundraising events are in the pipeline.

Claire was delighted as Cancer Relief UK is donating £1,000 and more than £1,400 has been donated by people on the Paypal page.

This is in addition to money collected in fundraising pots at 17 One Stop stores.

Claire said: ‘The response has been amazing.

‘Lucy’s husband Dave put a post on Facebook and said this is what makes us Great Britain. That says it all. Everyone has really pulled together.’

The last day for collections at the One Stop shops will be tomorrow.

Adrian Warwood, 45, manager of the One Stop in Cowplain, said: ‘We have had customers putting in £10 and £20 notes.’

His wife, Tanya Warwood, 38, who works at the One Stop in Botley Drive, Leigh Park, had her hair shaved off and raised £600.

She said: ‘After hearing Lucy’s story, I was so amazed by her bravery.

‘I wanted to do something to help the family.’

Future fundraisers include a family fun day and a sponsored walk from Portsmouth to Wecock. Anyone wishing to help can visit Lucy’s Last Wish on Facebook.

People donate via Paypal with the email address kanebaillie@rocketmail.com.