Funding bid raises £2k for ill grandma

Anne Dawson, 61, from Preesall, is in intensive care after falling ill on holiday
Anne Dawson, 61, from Preesall, is in intensive care after falling ill on holiday
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A fund-raising drive to help bring home a Fylde gran who was struck down by a dust cloud on a holiday island has raised £2,000 in just two days.

Asthma-sufferer Anne Dawson, 61, of Elmswood Avenue, Preesall, was on holiday in Lanzarote when she began to suffer breathing problems earlier this month.

“A lot of the people who have donated are asthma sufferers just wanting to help out. It really has been amazing.

Emma Norman

She was given oxygen but fell ill on the way to the airport when her family decided to take her home due to her condition – being place in intensive care in Arrecife.

Her family launched a £20,000 bid to bring her back home – with £2,000 pledged in the last 48 hours, giving a total of close to £4,000.

Mrs Dawson’s daughter, Emma Norman, 41, from Hambleton, said she had been astonished by the response to the appeal.

She added: “A lot of the people who have donated are asthma sufferers just wanting to help out. It really has been amazing.

“My dad said she has had a tracheotomy – an incision in her windpipe to help her breathing – on Thursday and she has been trying to breath on her own.”

The former bakery worker fell ill in Playa de los Pocillos when the dust cloud, believed to have blown from Africa, settled on the island, creating poor air quality.

It is hoped £20,000 can be raised – ensuring Mrs Dawson’s return by medical evacuation on a private flight so she can be treated in the UK.

The 61-year-old had been visiting the holiday resort with her family, including husband Norman, 67, and son Mark, 38, who are keeping a bedside vigil.

If you can help and wish to donate, go to the family’s Just Giving page at https://crowdfunding.justgiving.com/cara-parry-1