Best friend's plea to raise money for Hartlepool mum after shock brain tumour diagnosis
The Hartlepool community has thrown its support behind a single mum following the sudden discovery of a brain tumour – and her best friend is calling for your support.
Angela Fletcher, 52, was rushed into hospital this week after suffering what she believed to be sinus pain, only to be told by doctors that she must now undergo an operation to remove a brain tumour and may face further treatment.
Best friend Lyndsay Hogg, 37, leapt into action to support her friend through “the biggest battle she’s ever faced” with the creation of an online fundraiser to help Angela and her son Jack, 12, with bills and other household outgoings while she is in hospital and unable to work.
At time of writing, more than 40 people had contributed to the fund, which already stands at more than £2,000 – but Lyndsay is calling for as many people as possible to donate any spare pennies they can with Christmas just around the corner.
She told the Mail: “I wanted to do something to help as I feel so helpless with her situation. I have helped in other ways with food parcels and shopping as have our other family and friends but when I realised the enormity of the situation I knew I needed to do something else.
“I thought if I could maybe help her to get some money together then this would be one less worry for her and she can concentrate on getting herself better and through the biggest battle she has ever faced.”
Angela, who works at B&M in the town, will go in for her operation on Monday at James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough – and Lyndsay hopes that any money raised will reassure her friend about providing for Jack while she recovers and awaits any further decisions about treatment.
Lyndsay, who launched her own company Hogg Global Logistics Ltd in Hartlepool last month, met Angela through their sons’ primary school, Sacred Heart, and they became fast friends.
She has praised her best pal as a “fantastic mam” who would do anything to support her son – and is so kind and thoughtful to everyone else around her.
Since the Gofundme page launched on Tuesday, November 19 Angela has been “overwhelmed” by the generosity of her family, friends and the wider Hartlepool community.
She is surrounded by a big support network, including mum Joan, sisters Joanne, Debbie and Tracey and niece Kayleigh.
Lyndsay added: “I really think this town is amazing for supporting people when they need help, I’m really proud of everyone who has helped, even with the smallest amount, especially at this time of year.”