Community rallies round to support Lowestoft mum-of-five with terminal cancer and her family
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A community has rallied round to help a mother-of-five with terminal cancer as she aims to raise funds to support her family after her death.
Sarah Wright, of Lowestoft, was diagnosed with terminal cancer in May this year, meaning she will leave behind her husband Stuart and children Rhianna, nine, Lacey, eight, Lucas, six, Connor, three, and Logan, one.
Yet despite this devastating news, she has shown incredible strength to plan for her family's future while encouraging others to check for signs of the disease through her Mummy versus Cancer campaign.
After hearing the heartbreaking story the town has rallied round to support the 29-year-old, with more than £1,000 raised in anonymous donations – with one person anonymously donating £500.
Businesses have also offered their support, with Lowestoft's Marina Theatre offering Mrs Wright and her family free tickets for a showing of its pantomime this year, along with interval treats.
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And East of England Co-op Funeral Services, on Oulton Road, Lowestoft, has offered to assist Mrs Wright and her family with funeral costs.
Mayor of Lowestoft and funeral arranger at the Oulton Road parlour, Nick Webb, said: 'We would like to sit down with Sarah and her husband and find out what she wants in terms of a funeral as we do not think she should be fund-raising to cover the costs of a funeral.
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'She should be concentrating on her kids and family.'
Lee Henderson, chief executive of the Marina Theatre Trust, said: 'When we read the story in The Journal everyone at the theatre was inspired by the courage and bravery shown by Sarah and her family. As a result, we all wanted to give them a special treat in time for Christmas.'
Mrs Wright said: 'It means so much to me that there are people out there I have not even met who want to help me and my family and a big thank you to the anonymous person who donated £500 that was very generous of you.'
Sarah's cancer fund will be hosting a fund-raising event, at The Hotel Victoria on Saturday, November 26, where attendees will able to enjoy balloon modelling, face painting and much more with free entry between 11.30am to 4pm.
From 5pm to 7pm there will be a medium evening with Samanda Ford, for which a £5 ticket is required.
For more information visit www.mummyvscancer.com/my-story.