A UTTOXETER store has raised more than £600 as part of a mammoth fund-raising mission to send a little girl bravely battling cancer on the holiday of a lifetime.
Daisy Chain, in Carter Street, was left with nearly an empty table after it held its ‘seconds’ sale to raise funds to send eight-year-old Imogen Evans, who is battling neuroblastoma, to Disneyland in Paris.
The event, organised by Faye Mawer, raised £628 to add to the total raised through other events around the town to give the youngster something to look forward to.
Clair Atherton, owner of Daisy Chain, said: “It was an amazing day and the shop was packed.
“It was just absolutely brilliant and everyone was just so supportive. We were full before we opened at 10am.
“We also had a collection bucket on top of the sale and £50 of the total went in that. We have hardly any of the items left at the end of the day.
“It was just brilliant and we are really pleased.
“I would like to thank everyone ever so much for all of their massive support and generosity and to raise that much is fab.”
The sale sold items which had been slightly damaged or have small chips so therefore can no longer be sold ‘as new’ in the shop but would still make very nice gifts.
Items on offer included photo frames and boxes, children’s book ends and toys, wooden boxes, jewellery and tea light holders, Disaster Designs purses and wallets, Christmas decorations and chalk boards.
Fewer than 100 children a year are diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a child specific form of cancer.
Since first receiving the devastating diagnosis, Imogen has undergone six chemotherapy treatments and doctors have already seen a change in the size of her tumour.
Ms Mawer said: “Imogen has been so brave and understanding of the situation she is fighting, but she is fighting it. This is just the start of many months of more treatment for her.
“Imogen is always smiling and has even managed to be regular at school for a long time throughout this treatment.
“But just recently she has had to deal with high temperatures and an infection that has put her chemotherapy on hold until this is controlled.”