Brave Sarah will jet off on the holiday of a lifetime

(From l-r) Vicky Minnikin, Sarah Monk and Sammi James with the tickets to Disneyland in Florida. (S)
(From l-r) Vicky Minnikin, Sarah Monk and Sammi James with the tickets to Disneyland in Florida. (S)

A terminally ill mother is ready to jet off on a dream family holiday after a generous donation from a local travel agent.

The passport is packed and outfits are organised after Althams Travel donated more than £2,500 to Sarah Monk from Sough.

This is an opportunity for us to give something back and more importantly help a deserving family enjoy an amazing, memory making experience

Althams Travel MD

Sarah (36) was diagnosed with breast cancer in March 2015 but the cancer has now spread to her lungs, and she has been told by doctors that it is incurable.

The news prompted Sarah’s cousin Kelly Marshall to set up a fund-raising page to help the family to raise enough money to take the holiday of a lifetime.

Althams Travel has added cash to the cause and the holiday has now been booked through its Skipton branch.

Eddie Starkie, managing director at Althams Travel, said, “I saw Sarah’s story in a local newspaper, and was really touched so I immediately contacted the newspaper to see how we could help.

“As a company, we very much appreciate the business we get in the area and this is an opportunity for us to give something back and more importantly help a deserving family enjoy an amazing, memory making experience.

“Sarah and her family were overwhelmed when we offered to help, and it was lovely to be able to make a difference.

“I’m really proud of Vicky and the team at Skipton who have arranged the whole trip.”

Sarah will travel to Florida with her partner Lee Reed, nine-year-old daughter and her parents in May.

Upon her return, she will be admitted back into hospital for further treatment, including a lung resection.

Barnoldswick Angels has very kindly been involved in the fund-raising activities, donating £1,000 towards the holiday; alongside holding a raffle, and an evening event to raise as much money as possible.

“The story has touched a number of people in the local area, and it’s been great to get involved as a company,” said Vicky Minnikin, branch manager at Skipton.

“It was really emotional when we presented Sarah with her tickets; I know they’re going to have a fantastic time and we can’t wait to hear all about it!”