Community rallies around brave Kelsie May, a Norfolk toddler with a brain tumour

Kelsie May Goward and her mummy Michelle, receive a cheque from Fundraising by the cross keys pub in

Kelsie May Goward and her mummy Michelle, receive a cheque from Fundraising by the cross keys pub in Wymondham. Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2017 - Credit: Sonya Duncan

Little Kelsie May Goward has not had a life like other toddlers.

Kelsie May Goward and her mummy Michelle, receive a cheque from Fundraising by the cross keys pub in

Kelsie May Goward and her mummy Michelle, receive a cheque from Fundraising by the cross keys pub in Wymondham. Brian Leadbetter and Gary Smith (left) present the cheque on behalf of the Crosskeys pub Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2017 - Credit: Sonya Duncan

In fact, doctors said she would only have six weeks to live after she was diagnosed with a brain tumour in March last year, when she was just eight months old.

But Kelsie May, from Mulbarton, defied the odds and after repeated operations she is now happy and smiling.

But it is a tenuous situation that could change quickly, and her mother, Michelle Goward, is taking each day as it comes, knowing that her daughter could take a turn for the worse at any time.

Miss Goward said: 'I can't even explain how it feels. You don't what the next day will bring.

Kelsie May Goward and her mummy Michelle, receive a cheque from Fundraising by the cross keys pub in

Kelsie May Goward and her mummy Michelle, receive a cheque from Fundraising by the cross keys pub in Wymondham. Brian Leadbetter and Gary Smith (left) present the cheque on behalf of the Crosskeys pub, also pictured is Libby Smith (right) who helped with the fundraising. Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2017 - Credit: Sonya Duncan


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'Throughout all of this Kelsie May has been the most determined little girl I've ever known. She has been so brave throughout and truly is a miracle.'

And now a community has rallied around to help Miss Goward give Kelsie May the best life she can have.

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Libby Smith, a friend of Miss Goward, got in touch with Gary Smith, landlord of Wymondham's Cross Keys pub, to see what they could do to help.

It led to Miss Smith organising an Easter raffle at the pub, and the venue also hosted a fundraising family fun day, featuring the Easter Bunny.

Kelsie May Goward and her mummy Michelle, receive a cheque from Fundraising by the cross keys pub in

Kelsie May Goward and her mummy Michelle, receive a cheque from Fundraising by the cross keys pub in Wymondham. Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2017 - Credit: Sonya Duncan

Miss Smith said: 'I have known about Kelise May and what they have been going through from the word dot.

'This is such a good cause and we wanted to do whatever we could to help.'

Mr Smith said: 'We do a lot of charity work here at the pub and the amount we've raised just shows the strength of this community.'

Together with donations from pub-goers, they were able raise a total of £319.62 for a fund called Kelsie May's Wishes.

Miss Goward said she was overwhelmed by the kind act.

She said: 'The response was brilliant - everyone has been so kind and generous.'

Miss Goward, who now has a second child, four-month-old Rilee, said the donation would help pay for a special princess-themed birthday party for Kelsie May when she turns two on July 21.

She said she hoped to also take her daughter to Disneyland Paris.

To donate, go to www.gofundme.com and search for Kelsie Mays Wishes

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