Campaign helps sick mum pay for trip with daughter

Rosie Ennis and her daughter Autumn.'Picture by Jane Coltman
Rosie Ennis and her daughter Autumn.'Picture by Jane Coltman

A cancer-stricken mother has expressed her gratitude after a massive community fund-raising campaign has paid for her to share a dream holiday with her young daughter.

Friends and supporters of brave Rosie Ennis, from Alnwick, have rallied round to collect a whopping £10,000 on her behalf – smashing the original £4,000 target.

Rosie Ennis and her daughter Autumn.'Picture by Jane Coltman

Rosie Ennis and her daughter Autumn.'Picture by Jane Coltman

It means that the 46-year-old has been able to book an unforgettable week-long trip to France in August with daughter Autumn, six, which will include a magical visit to Disneyland Paris and the iconic Eiffel Tower.

Courageous Rosie is battling aggressive breast cancer, which has now spread to her lungs. It cannot be cured, only treated and controlled.

It is the second time that she has been diagnosed with the disease, having overcome a fight in November, only for it to return a short time later.

An overwhelmed Rosie told the Gazette that it means everything to her to be able to share a holiday with Autumn.

She said: “It is unbelievable really. I can’t get my head around it. It will be brilliant; like reliving my childhood.

“Autumn is so excited. It really is a dream come true and it will help create memories to cherish. Thank you to everybody for their generosity.”

Rosie, who also has two older children, said the remaining funds will be used to pay for her funeral andput into a savings’ account for Autumn.

The money has been collected through the TeamRosie campaign. A family fun day was held at Alnwick Rugby Club last Friday as part of the fund-raising efforts.

During the event, Autumn was turned into a prom queen – in case her doting mother loses the cancer battle before her beloved daughter turns 16 and has her high-school prom. The pair were also treated to a one-night stay in the town’s White Swan Hotel.

“Autumn looked amazing as the prom queen and she loved it,” said Rosie.

To help raise funds, Jassy McEwan shaved her head during the family fun day.