Support pours in for courageous mum

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

A major community fund-raising campaign to help a cancer-stricken mother share a magical holiday with her six-year-old daughter is gaining momentum.

Last week, the Gazette reported how friends and supporters of brave Rosie Ennis, from Alnwick, have started a cash appeal on her behalf.

The #teamrosie campaign aims to raise £4,000 to send the 46-year-old and her daughter Autumn to Disneyland Paris.

So far, more than £1,000 has poured in for the cause, including a combined total of £600 from two anonymous donors on Monday.

Julie Hardy, who is part of the fund-raising team, said: “The response has been absolutely unbelievable. At one point, my phone was going so much, it crashed, and we have had businesses, including those from outside of Alnwick, who want to help.”

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 an initial fight in November, only for it to return a short time later.

Rosie, who is also mother to Kirsty, 22, and Jason, 19, started a new round of chemotherapy last week.

She told the Gazette that she is humbled by the community’s support.

As part of the appeal, a family fun day is being staged at Alnwick Rugby Club on Friday, June 26, from 5pm. It is open to everyone. During the event, Autumn will be 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.

A purple prom dress has been donated to Autumn.

For more details about the campaign, search Teamrosie on Facebook and Twitter.