KIND-HEARTED well-wishers have helped a terminally-ill cancer victim tick off two dream trips on her “bucket list” after her fundraising target was reached less than 24 hours after her story appeared in the Hartlepool Mail.
Ann-Marie Noble has smashed her £4,000 charity milestone that will pay for crippling holiday insurance costs.
And the 31-year-old has also been boosted by the offers of tickets to see England v New Zealand at Twickenham and the chance to meet TV legend Terry Wogan, as these were among the 30 items on her list.
Ann-Marie, who uses a wheelchair to get around outside and has been left reeling by the effects of gruelling chemotherapy, said: “It’s fantastic, I can’t believe it.
“I’d say 60 per cent of the donations were from people I didn’t know, if it wasn’t for the Mail’s article and video report I don’t think it would have happened so soon.
“I just want to say thank you very much.”
In the months since being told her cervical cancer was incurable, the RAF flight lieutenant from West View Road, Hartlepool, had managed to raise £2,800 online to meet the expensive insurance charges to help her fulfill her dying wishes of wanting to go on one last skiing trip and to take her family abroad.
But after the Mail told on Monday how brave Ann-Marie had compiled a bucket list after being told by medics there was nothing more they could do for her cervical cancer, which had returned after she was given the all-clear last October, the donations came flooding in.
Around 70 people visited Ann-Marie’s web page, called “Help me: As cancer sucks!” and the total raised stood at £4,365 yesterday.
She has also thanked the Mail for raising awareness of the importance of women having regular smear tests, and says around half a dozen of her friends have since contacted her to say they have booked appointments since.
She has also been contacted by Tony Larkin, founder of Hartlepool charity Music v Cancer, who has arranged through various contacts for Ann-Marie to meet Terry Wogan in London in August.
And Alby Pattison, honorary treasurer of Hartlepool Rovers Rugby Club, has been in touch to offer Ann-Marie rugby match tickets after seeing the article in the Mail and how Ann-Marie wanted to attend an international rugby game.
Mr Pattison said: “As one of the senior and more historic rugby clubs in town I thought maybe Rovers could do something to help.”
Ann-Marie said: “Without the article it would have been so much harder to do these things. The generosity since the article has been fantastic.”
Ann-Marie, who skiied competitively for the RAF, will book a ski trip after she finishes her treatment in August and she wants to take her family abroad.
She could always afford the holidays, but the sky-high cost of holiday insurance for someone in her condition had been a hindrance.