A community is set to rally round to help the devastated family of a teenage girl who has been diagnosed with leukaemia for the second time in her short life.
News that Colne schoolgirl Morgan Hewitt has re-lapsed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia has left her family heartbroken and the 13-year-old facing the biggest battle of her life while she undergoes five different chemotherapy treatments.
And while her mum, Cat (33) keeps a constant vigil bedside with her daughter at the Leeds General Infirmary, friends have launched a fund raising campaign to help ease the burden for the family.
Cat said: “Morgan is very poorly at the moment and there is a long road ahead for her but she is such a little soldier who just keeps going.
“I wish I could swap places with her but I am trying to stay strong for Morgan to get her through this.”
The fund raising campaign, known as “Morgan’s Army” is being led by Tracy Anderson, a long standing family friend.
Known as "Morgan's Army" the campaign is being led by Tracy Anderson, a long standing family friend.
A justgiving page smashed two targets within 24 hours as the people of Colne took Morgan to their hearts once again and donations now stand at £840.
Tracy said: "All we can do for the family at the moment is ease any financial worries so that Cat can concentrate on being with Morgan to support her through this horrible time.
"Fund raising events are already being organised and we would like to get the message out there to get as much help as possible for Cat and the family."
Morgan was first diagnosed with the devastating illness when she just seven but she proved herself a true battler who came out fighting and went into remission.
At the time the kind hearted folk of Colne rallied to help Morgan by helping to turn her home into a "Princess's Castle" after doctors told her family the house had to have a sterile deep clean and adaptations to make it easy to be kept immaculate. A facebook page set up for the project attracted 500 members within days with offers of help and cleaning materials pouring in.
A year eight pupil at Colne's Park High School, Morgan is cheered up by regular visits from her stepdad Wayne, little brother, Blake (eight) and her cousin, 13-year-old Kirsty who Cat also fosters.
Tracy said: "We are asking for donations, no matter how small, and if people cannot afford to make a donation we are asking them to share the story to get as much help as possible."
The Pendle Mens' darts team have donated £300 and Colne's Red Lion are holding an Easter egg hunt with all money going to Morgan.
Two little pals, called Destiny and Tegan, made cakes and sold them to raise £30 and Boss Promotions, who are staging a White Collar Boxing event at Colne Municipal Hall on Friday, April 28th, have said that volunteers can go around with collection buckets on the night and they will match donations made.
To make a donation to help Morgan and her family please go to https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/tracy-anderson.