A young woman with a rare condition who desperately needs help for life-saving treatment is planning a fund-raising event in the Easter holidays.
Christie Newport, of Inkerman Street, Ashton-on-Ribble, needs to raise £12,400 for treatment.
The 33-year-old became so poorly with Melkersson Rosenthal syndrome, which makes her face and limbs balloon, that she has even contemplated ending it all.
But her family was given a glimmer of hope when they discovered that stem cell treatment for the condition is now available in America.
In a bid to boost the coffers, Christie her wife Amy and her relatives are holding a charity event on Wednesday, April 11 from 10am until 3pm at Cottam Community Centre.
There will be a tombola, raffle, lucky dips for boys and girls, a large arts and craft stall, cake stall, sweet stall and more.
Christie, who is married to Amy, said: “The event is well underway. We have been working really hard, my mum, Amy and I have been making crafts.
“We are hoping for a good turnout - some of the nurses from my ward are coming.”
Christie said she doesn’t know how much the event will raise, but she is hoping it will be a success.
She said: “I am just going to take it a day at a time and see what happens. I don’t want to build my hopes but I am hoping we get a good turnout, I am hoping it will help advertise our next event.”
Christie, is currently at the Royal Preston Hospital, where she will be for around 10 days.
Aside from this event, fundraising is ongoing with Christie’s cousin getting ready to take part in a sponsored skydive and her friend is having his head shaved.
So far Christie’s appeal has raised just over £1,500.
Visit: http://www.gofundme.com/Christiestemcell or facebook.com/Christiestemcell