Family’s bid to take sick daughter on Lapland trip

Fundraising: Cheryl Harwood with daughter Alex Harwood
Fundraising: Cheryl Harwood with daughter Alex Harwood
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The friends and family of a seriously ill woman are fundraising to take her to Lapland.

Alex Harwood, 22, from Cairnsmore Avenue, Preston, suffers from Leigh’s Disease and a condition called idiopathic intracranial hypertension or IIH.

Both are very rare diseases and one is a neuro degenerative condition.

Her parents Cheryl and Gary Harwood and friends are organising a summer ball to help raise funds for the trip.

Cheryl, 43, said: “Although Alex is 22 she has learning difficulties and she still believes in Santa and sends him a list every year, she also leaves him a letter every Christmas Eve.

“She asked about four years ago if she could go to Lapland and take him the list personally, she asks about it all the time, she loves Christmas, but she doesn’t every really ask for much for herself she like to buy other people gifts.

“At the moment we do a lot of travelling to the research centre in Newcastle, we also have lots of appointments locally.

“Alex spends a lot of time in her bed due to severe fatigue and pain, so we thought it would be nice for us as a family to have a few nights away somewhere that Alex would love.

“Alex has a younger sister Ashleigh who has Crohns disease, when Alex is unwell or we receive bad news from the hospital it can often bring on a flare up with the stress which is why it would be really nice for us all to relax and have fun as a family.”

The ball takes place on May 9 at the Canberra Club at BAE Samlesbury and will feature singers including X Factor finalist Jonjo Kerr

Tickets are £15. Call Cheryl on 07855441895, or visit:

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