Burnley mum's aim to give little girl 'best life possible' during cancer treatment

The mum of a little girl from Burnley fighting cancer has given up on her plan to have her treated in Barcelona in favour of a trial treatment in this country.

Wednesday, 5th February 2020, 10:04 am
Updated Wednesday, 5th February 2020, 10:55 am
Caitlin helping to feed her baby sister Caitlin while in hospital

Concerned mother-of-two Helen Robinson was faced with the huge task of raising at least £150,00 to take five-year-old daughter Caitlin to the Spanish city to treat her Stage 4 neuroblastoma, but after discovering another lump decided to seek treatment in England.

Caitlin, who attends Ightenhill Primary School, has now started a new course of chemotherapy treatment at the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital.

A GoFundMe page, which received a £10,000 donation from global superstar Zayn Malik, has now been altered to reflect the new course of treatment for Cailtin.

Helen (24) explained: "After fiding another lump on Cailtin's head I've realised that the best chance for her is to have treatment in this country. I have had lots of support in trying to raise the money for Barcelona, including the generous donation from Zayn Malik which was just brilliant, but it would likely have cost up to £300,000 which was just impossible.

"She started a trial in Manchester on Monday which is unlikely to clear all her cancer but might get rid of some of the cancer. I am still raising money to give Caitlin the best life she can have as she is a very special little girl who had been through so much and deserves the best."

Friends and family in Burnley and beyond have been supporting Helen, who is now staying at Ronald McDonald House, opposite the hospital, with her baby daughter Sklya, while Caitlin undergoes her treatment.

A fund-raising evening at Mr Green's bar in Burnley town centre raised £800 last Friday, while a car wash has been organised at Burnley Fire Station at the end of March.

Helen added: "Caitlin will have a scan after the second block of treatment to see if it is working. If not, they will try another type of type. She has really been through it over the last year. I just hope this latest trial will work."