Mum told young daughters can visit during USA cancer treatment thanks to the generosity of strangers

Lindsey Morton's daughters will now be able to visit her while she has life-saving treatment in America Credit: MEN Media

Family, friends, and strangers raised £5,000 in 24 hours so two little girls can visit their mum while she has life-saving treatment in America.

Lindsey Morton, 33, has been told the NHS will fund specialist proton beam therapy in Jacksonville, Florida.

She will fly to the States later this year but faced being apart from her daughters, Harper, aged one, and Lexie, five, for nine weeks.

However a crowdfunding appeal launched by a friend raised £5,700 in just one day, meaning the children, and her partner, Ben Jackson, will be able to go and see her during her treatment.

Lindsey, from Denton, Greater Manchester, was diagnosed with a malignant tumour on her spine last August - just eight months after giving birth to Harper, and while she was still on maternity leave.

The Christie Hospital in Manchester had a 90-tonne proton beam therapy machine delivered in June and in August this year NHS patients will be able to receive the treatment in the UK for the first time there - but Lindsey’s condition means she cannot wait until then.

The University College London Hospitals (UCLH) NHS Foundation Trust will follow Christie introducing Proton Beam therapy in summer 2020.

When complete they will each treat up to 750 patients every year but there is nowhere in the UK able to provide it at the moment.

The treatment, a very precise form of radiotherapy, increasing success rates and reducing side-effects, has been offered overseas to NHS patients who are eligible for treatment in England since 2008.

Lindsey was diagnosed with a Peripheral Neurofibrosarcoma/Schwannoma Nerve Sheath Tumour.

But she also had cancer as a child and lost a kidney and part of her bowels due to a malignant Wilms Tumour.

After having 12 months of chemotherapy and radiotherapy she was informed she would never be able to have children - but she proved the experts wrong.

She has had two operations on her spine to remove the most recent tumour.

Due to her medical history, and having only one kidney, her team of consultants have decided that regular treatments of radiotherapy and chemotherapy are too risky.

Instead they applied for her to be treated with proton beam therapy.

Lindsey’s mum, Gill Morton, will go with her to America whilst she has treatment.

Now thanks to an appeal launched by Lindsey’s friend, Danielle Brockley, her daughters, Ben, and her dad, Pete, will be able to fly out to see her towards the end of her treatment.

Ben, 33, said:

Ben, who runs his own windscreen repair firm, said:

Lindsey said:

Danielle commented on the appeal site: