Northampton family aims to send sister with brain tumour on dream holiday

Ellie with mum Emma

Ellie with mum Emma

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A Northampton family, who have had “their lives turned upside down,” are rallying together to give their sister, who is suffering from an aggressive brain tumour, the holiday of a lifetime.

Thirty-five-year-old Emma Ibbeson, from Spring Boroughs, was diagnosed with Grade IV Glioblastomas Multiforme in April 2016 and was rushed to intensive care at John Radcliffe hospital after suffering from a severe bleed on the brain.

Emma’s sister, Anne-Marie Hamilton, along with family friend Donna Rawlings, are hosting a Halloween-themed fundraising event at Cogenhoe working mens club to give Emma and her daughter the chance to make some everlasting memories.

Mrs Hamilton said: “The news has absolutely ripped our lives apart and turned out lives upside down. Emma has always been a strong person, now it’s hard for her to accept that we have to be strong for her.

“Emma and her twelve-year-old daughter, Ellie Morrow, have never had a holiday before. They are both massive Disney fans so we are hoping to send them to Disneyland Paris with the funds raised.”

After an operation to debulk the tumour, Emma has since endured chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatments and is currently waiting for further test results.

The Cogenhoe fundraiser, which is due to take place on the October 29, will play host to tombola stalls, a sponsored headshave and face painting stands.

Mrs Hamilton’s daughter, 17-year-old Krystal, will be taking part in the sponsored headshave at 4pm.

Krystal said: “I want to raise money so my auntie and cousin can have some lovely days out together. We would be extremely grateful for any donations, however, large or small, as every penny will make a difference.”

In the evening, there will be a best-dressed competition along with raffle prizes donated from local companies.

The family are hoping to raise a total of £1,700 so they can send the pair on the holiday of a lifetime.

Mrs Hamilton is appealing for anybody who can help with raffle and tombola prize donations.

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