Donations from Falklands and Afghanistan for five-year-old Fraja

The parents of a five-year-old girl battling cancer of the nervous system say they are overwhelmed by the generosity of people around the world.

Donations for Fraja Simpson have come from as far afield as the Falkland Islands and the Islamic Centre at Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan, where her father Garry served with the Royal Air Force.

He and his wife Michelle, based at RAF Leeming in North Yorkshire are trying to raise half a million pounds so their daughter Fraja can have extra treatment in the USA that she cannot receive in the UK.

They still need more than £400,000 to reach their target.

Fraja was diagnosed with neuroblastoma earlier this year and has undergone surgery and chemotherapy. Doctors have stopped her treatment for the moment and she is due to have further scans next month.

Her parents say they now face a race against time to raise the money to take Fraja to the USA: a trip they believe will improve her chances of surviving the disease.