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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 Photo: 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.

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. Credit: MEN Media

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:

The generosity of people has blown me away. I have cried more over this than the whole situation with Lindsey. We didn’t want to set up a funding page - it was our problem and we had to try and deal with it. Reluctantly we let Danielle set one up.”

– Ben Jackson

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

I had a phone call from a man who services our vans at a local garage. He gave us £200 towards the fund.”

– Ben Jackson

Lindsey said:

I’m so overwhelmed by it all. When I have had surgery recently I spent a week away from the girls and then 48 hours - that was bad enough. “I am never away from them, so the prospect of nine weeks was hard. It is a bitter-sweet thing. I am very grateful to be having the treatment - but will be so far away from home. Having my daughters, Ben, and dad come out will be such a boost.”

– Lindsey Morton

Danielle commented on the appeal site:

Just wow! That’s all I can say. In little over 24 hours we smashed the target! I’m absolutely over the moon and Lindsey and Ben are absolutely overwhelmed. I haven’t spoken to Pete yet... I’m sure he’s as much of a mess as Lindsey and bawling his eyes out somewhere. “Thank you so much to everyone that has donated. “If people still want to donate, feel free. It will go towards meals etc whilst everyone is there. I didn’t factor that in. I just googled flights and hotels and said, yeah 5k will be reet! Durr.”

– Danielle Brockley