Family and friends of a brave 11-year-old are hoping to raise thousands of pounds before she travels to America to receive treatment for a brain tumour.
Angel Gregson was diagnosed with cancer in April after weeks of waking up with headaches and being violently sick.
Following treatment in Liverpool’s Alder Hey Hospital, the Bispham Endowed pupil, from Cavendish Road, Bispham, must now travel to the United States for Proton Beam Therapy treatment, which will attempt to shrink the tumour.
The NHS will pay for the therapy and an apartment for Angel and her mum Beverley to stay in, but the family are hoping to raise £2,000 to fund their living costs during their 10-week stay.
Miss Gregson, 46, who has been off work since her daughter was diagnosed with the life-threatening illness, said: “I’m just existing at the moment.
“It feels like everything is a dream. It’s been awful.
“She went to bed one night and I said if I could have that (the tumour) for you I would, but she said no-one should have this.
“She’s very strong.
“She used to wake up in the morning with headaches, being sick and it was like something was draining the life out of her, but two hours later she was fine again.”
Angel is now back at school while her mum waits for a phone call finalising the plans for the treatment across the Atlantic.
Miss Gregson added: “Angel is a very outgoing child and very confident, it’s just the tumour controls her emotions and sometimes she’s snappy, and hardly ever sleeps.
“She was down to two hours’ sleep at one point.”
Fund-raising events have already taken place to help the family to they travel to either Jacksonville, Florida, or Oklahoma for the treatment.
Model Annalise Davies, 18, a friend of the family, organised a photoshoot with her friends at Stanley Park, and raised £150 towards the living costs.
The mum-of-one said: “She’s a really close friend of the family and, with my modelling, I thought this would be a good idea.
“They have a home out there paid for, but have nothing for food shopping and still have bills to pay when they get home, so this is to help out with that.
“This has affected me and my husband and I can’t help but think about if this was my daughter.”
Miss Gregson added: “This shows there are nice people out there.
“When people do things like this it shocks you.”
To donate money to the cause contact Miss Gregson via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.