Burnley folk raise £7,000 to send poorly Jaime to Euro Disney

Terri Howarth with her daughter Jaime Ella (3) who has an inoperable brain tumour. A220211/1
Terri Howarth with her daughter Jaime Ella (3) who has an inoperable brain tumour. A220211/1

A DIFFICULT life of hospital visits and treatments will be made a bit brighter for a little girl partly thanks to big-hearted Burnley folk.

Terminally-ill Jaime Ella Howarth (4) will travel to Euro Disney in Paris with mum Terri and family next month after Burnley people raised an amazing £7,000.

The Express reported in February the heartbreaking story of the princess-mad little girl who was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour.

The family’s story is even more heart-wrenching as Terri has just discovered she is pregnant but does not know whether Jaime Ella will live long enough to see her new brother or sister.

Terri, of Barry Street, said: “Jaime Ella is such a bubbly and happy little girl who loves princesses and anything to do with Disney.

“Doctors are not hopeful and we do not know how long we will have with her so I’m determined to make her as happy as possible.

“I had to give up work to look after her and so couldn’t afford to take her on holiday. Friends and family from Burnley and the Make A Wish charity have now raised just more than £7,000 which is fantastic. I am so grateful.

“Part of the money has been spent on toys for Jaime Ella. Burnley Council has also been brilliant in making alterations to the house.”

Terri noticed something was wrong with Jaime Ella just before Christmas when she had a temperature. Her GP sent them to Burnley General who referred her to the Royal Blackburn Hospital as her temperature was rocketing. Doctors there thought the little girl had an inner ear infection and advised Terri to take her back in four weeks.

But Jaime Ella’s condition worsened and specialists at Manchester diagnosed a tumour after an MRI scan and blood tests.

Burnley Council has put a ramp on the front of the house and levelled the back garden to make it easier for Jaime Ella to play outside.

The little girl who has just started at Ightenhill Primary School has been receiving treatment at the Christie Hospital and the Manchester Children’s Hospital.

Terri added: “Jaime Ella has been incredibly brave. She never complains and just can’t wait for the holiday now.

“She keeps telling me which Disney characters she wants to meet. Rapunzel is one of her favourites.”