A campaign to raise funds in a bid to save the life of a Downham Market mum has gathered pace.
An appeal to raise £250,000 to send Heather Bellamy, 48, who has been battling acute myeloid leukaemia (AML), to America for potentially life-saving treatment was launched last month.
Since then, determined family members, friends and strangers have been organising a raft of fundraising events for the nurse who worked for the NHS for 28 years.
Matt Ryan, Ms Bellamy’s brother-in-law said: “There is one lady who held swimming galas and cake stalls and has raised £2,000.
“There are two people walking from Downham to Cardiff and King’s Lynn Football Club players are wearing special T-shirts at their next match.
“She was so highly thought of within her occupation that we have had former elderly patients turning up at our door to donate cash and wanting to do their part for a wonderful lady who has taken care of them for all those years.”
A Facebook page, Hope for Heather, has been set up for fundraising events.
These include bingos, quiz nights, raffles, charity waxing and free driving lessons raffled by a driving instructor.
Ms Bellamy, mum to Elizabeth 24, Alice, 22, Alfie, 16, and Sam, 14, was diagnosed with AML in 2014 after a routine blood test at the GP surgery in Downham where she worked.
She underwent two failed stem cell transplants and now can only be offered one more round of chemotherapy.
Doctors have told Ms Bellamy there is a new drug, called Enasidenib, which would suit her strain of cancer, but she would need to travel to America as it is currently not licensed in the UK – and the cost would be around £250,000.
“I think we have raised £20,000 so far online which I know is a drop in the ocean, but if we raise a quarter we could have her treatment started for the first three months,” said Mr Ryan.