Delight after shock £90,000 donation towards Morecambe mum's fight for life


November 17, 2019

Brave Morecambe mum Emma Ellis said she is "totally overwhelmed" after a surprise £90,000 donation towards her fight for life.

Emma, who is battling terminal pancreatic cancer and is trying to raise £120,000 for treatment overseas, was in tears of joy after staff from DIY chain Wickes surprised her with a cheque for the massive amount at a family fun day.

Wickes raised most of the cash from their stores around the UK and the donation was kept secret until the emotional scenes at the Globe Arena on Saturday.

Their kindness now leaves Emma just a few thousand pounds short of her target.

Emma said she was "totally overwhelmed" and the funds raised were "beyond anything I could ever have imagined".

The mum-of-three, 45, was diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer in September 2018 and given just six months to live.

But she has defied doctors' odds and continues to fight on hoping to pay for groundbreaking treatment which could save her life.

The treatment is available in America, Australia or other parts of the world, but not on the NHS in the UK.

The local community has rallied around Emma and had already raised £15,000 through an online fundraising page.

Then on Saturday, hundreds of people attended two separate events to raise more money towards the target.

Wickes store manager and Morecambe FC match day announcer Mark Swindlehurst got together with colleagues to organise the family fun day at the Globe Arena.

This included a fundraising 'Stand Up For Emma' challenge where a group of Wickes staff sat in all 2,100 seats at the football stadium, a raffle, tombola, bric-a-brac, cake stall and guest appearances by 'Batman' and 'Spiderman'.

There was also a live music stage with local singers including Ellie Knowles, Ron Carey, Mark McKenna and Beyond Radio's Harri Deane. This was hosted by Beyond Radio's Trevor Cooke and Greg Lambert, and DJ Steve Middlesbrough.

A total of £9,000 was raised which Wickes topped up to the £90,000, bringing the total raised to £105,000, to that point. 

Then on Saturday night, further money was raised at a boxing fundraiser at the Red Rose Community Centre in Morecambe owned by local boxing trainer Frank Harrington.

Organised by Carl Flynn Promotions, the card included Emma's husband Andy and brother Michael making their boxing debuts to help with the fundraising campaign.

The night is estimated to have raised £6,650, leaving the Ellis family less than £9,000 short of their target.

In full results from the boxing show:

Ed Sheron beat Jordan 'Crash' Baker on points

Mikey Nye defeated Matty Braithwaite on points

Michael Sullivan stopped Blaise Craddock in Round 3

Sam Boardman beat Stuart Clayton on points

Aaron Carrara beat Ginger Ninja on points

Alex Wisdom beat Tom Craddock by second round TKO

Andy Ellis beat Joe Greenwood on points

Rob Gribbin beat Phil Scholes by third round stoppage

* You can see the emotional moment Emma and her family were told about the donation in our video at the Beyond Radio Facebook page.

* Photo of Emma and her family by Andy Slack