Fundraising bid for Sheringham mum’s dream trip

A Sheringham mum who is battling cancer is hoping to raise money for a dream holiday with her family.

To help in the bid, friends and family of Michelle Richardson have organsied a cake stall, raffle and tombola in the town outside Keys Estate Agents in Station Road on Saturday, July 2, from around 9am onwards, to help towards the cost of the holiday and also insurance.

Mrs Richardson, 42, from Pine Grove in Sheringham, has been told by doctors they can treat but not cure her.

She is currently undergoing radiotherapy before then going onto a different course of chemotherapy, but doctors have advised her to have a break between the two, and her dream is to have a family holiday with her husband David, 39, daughter Ella-Mae, 11, and son Euan, nine.

Mrs Richardson said; 'I have said to my consultant my wish is for the four of us to go on holiday, we have never had a holiday on our own.

'I cannot fly for long, so we would be going from Norwich and we are looking at places, but we think a good place to go would be Ibiza.'

The family are currently waiting for quotes on holiday insurance to come back, but Mrs Richardson said she knows it will be expensive because of her illness.

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Mrs Richardson first suffered cancer in 2006 when what was thought to be sciatica leg pains turned out to be a tumour in her right buttock pressing on the sciatic nerve.

Surgery at London's Royal Marsden Hospital to remove the gluteus maximus muscle at the top of her leg and six weeks of radiotherapy left her struggling to run or put socks on because of the loss of muscle – but she was coping.

Then last year four-and-a-half years later, Michelle was suffering neck and chest pain when raising her arms during everyday acts such as hanging up clothes. It did not respond to physiotherapy and medication.

Further tests revealed a lump near the shoulder blade. Just four days after a CT scan she was back in hospital and a biopsy revealed another tumour.

Earlier this year Euan was chosen a match-day mascot for Norwich City because of the way he had coped with his mum's illness and not let it affect his school work at Sheringham Primary School.

Anyone wishing to make donations can contact Michelle's mum, Thelma Low on 01263 821502.