Grimsby woman suffering from terminal cancer hopes to fulfil final wish
CAN you help to grant the final wishes of this brave Grimsby woman?
Pat Long, 62, of Salamander Close, who was diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer in October last year, hopes to travel to Spain for a week to say goodbye to good friends she made whilst her eldest son Mark, 38, ran a business in the town of Javea.
She hopes to be given the all clear to travel once she has been given the results of a clinical trial she has recently completed – which has seen her being given the highest dose of radiotherapy and chemotherapy possible.
Doctors hope the drastic treatment will increase the time she has left, after she was initially told she has just six to 12 months.
However, even if she is told she is well enough to go, the single mum-of-five has been warned the insurance will cost her £1,000.
She said: "The kids and my friends got me to write a list of things I want to do before I go.
"Originally I had said a fish supper on the seafront and a game of bingo, but they told me to aim a bit higher and Spain was at the top of the list."
To help her on the way, her close friend Shelly Dawson, the studio manager at Second Skin tattoo parlour , in Cromwell Road, launched a Facebook campaign for ideas of ways to help her raise the money.
And, among the first to respond were Second Skin customers Carol Stow – a complementary therapist – and Tracy Fleming – who has previously organised music events – who set about arranging Pat a night to remember, which raised £850.
After just six weeks of planning, the women had secured the Solway Club, in Immingham, arranged for local bands The Nomads and Route East to provide the music, and been given flowers and table settings from Jane's Gems Florist, Immingham, and Alford Nurseries.
The team at Kupcake Empire made a host of delicious treats for Pat and her family, Dynamic Plus Studio made sure every note was bang on, while Tina Brocklebank ensured her make-up was picture perfect for the big night.
Jane Wells completed the look by doing Pat's nails, Fleurtations sent along a beautiful bouquet of flowers and her friends even paid for a limo so she could arrive in style.
Pat said: "It was fantastic. I have never felt so much love from so many people, some of whom were strangers. I didn't know Carol and Tracy until they organised the night. I am so grateful to everyone involved.
"Since I have been having treatment, I live in my pyjamas and don't bother with make-up, so I couldn't believe how well they made me look on the night. It was a real pick-me-up.
"There have also been some beautiful comments on Facebook and people who have said they have prayed for me. It really does help."
Pat added that the support of her five children, Jacqueline, 40, Mark, Ian, 32; Alex, 28 and Sarah, 25, had been invaluable, as had the love shown to her by her five best friends, Sue Mills, Carol Mumby, Thelma Goodwin, Liz Woods and Sandra Friel.
Pat, who also thanked her neighbour Mavis Mitchell for her help, said: "Nothing has been too much trouble for any of them and I want to thank them all."
Can you help?
If you wish to make a donation to Pat's fund, please call Tracey on 07414612032 or Carol on 07882304936.