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Sunday, 21 September 2014

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Community rallies round to send Barrow girl to Disneyland

A COMMUNITY looks set to raise more than £2,500 to help send a four-year-old Barrow girl on her dream trip to Disneyland.

Alexis Fisher is battling cancer and is undergoing grueling chemotherapy at a Manchester hospital.

A fundraiser will take place at Dalton’s Newton Arms this Sunday and dozens of kind-hearted locals have rallied around to help make her dreams come true.

Landlady Julie Garnett said she had a double bed covered in donated raffle prizes and so far had £600 cash collected by them so far for the Princess Alexis fund.

She said she had been overwhelmed by the response from Furness folk and she never dreamed that they would get this response to their fundraising.

Mrs Garnett said: “It has really tugged at people’s heartstrings and they have dug deep to help Alexis. I have held fundraisers before but never anything like this. Our target was £2,500 but we will definitely get more than that. Alexis’s dad is taking driving lessons and we thought if there’s money left over we can help pay for them and maybe put money towards a seven seater for them all.

“I have had anonymous letters delivered containing money from pensioners and I have been offered a £1,000 cheque from one man. Teddies have been delivered and I went to pick up some chocolate that had been donated and there was £100 with it.

“We have had a big bouncy boxing ring donated free of charge of the day and a tank, Shetland ponies and about 14 to 16 singers. There will also be lots of stalls and face painting. There will be lots going on for all ages.

“We also have 500 pink and blue wristbands with Princess Alexis on them that we will be selling for £2.

“It will be a great day and we want as many people as possible to come along and raise as much money as we can.”

Many places have held fundraisers and individuals have offered cash or their time for the fund.

The White Lion pub, in Mount Pleasant, Barrow has managed to raise £500.

Staff at Elegance hair salon in Scott Street, Barrow are donating hair vouchers, Mike Turner dropped off £220 at the Newton after a collection at work, Lisa Clarke donated £200 out of the “Clarko = courage” fund from wristband sales and 50 per cent proceeds of one afternoon’s sales at Kidfest was also donated by organisers.

The Victoria Tavern, Oxford Street, Barrow, has donated a meal for two voucher and a bottle of house wine.

Alexis was diagnosed with medulloblastoma after falling ill just before Christmas and has been operated on by top surgeons flown in from the USA and Germany.

Most of the tumour was removed but the cancer has now spread into her spine.

The youngster, who attends Central Drive Nursery on Walney, wants to meet her favourite Disney character, Minnie Mouse.

Alexis’s dad Carlos Fisher, 27, and her 33-year-old mum Deanne Benzie say they have been overwhelmed by the generosity of people.

The fundraiser will take place at the Newton Arms, Newton Road in Dalton, on Sunday from 1pm.

Anyone wanting to donate or help is asked to call Julie on 01229 462399.

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