Everyone pulls together for Danielle

A COMMUNITY has pulled together to raise money to send a mum-of-two who has been battling cancer for months on a much-needed family holiday.Staff and regulars from two Felixstowe venues turned out to take part in a sponsored football match on Sunday to help send Danielle Sayers, her husband and two sons on holiday.

A COMMUNITY has pulled together to raise money to send a mum-of-two who has been battling cancer for months on a much-needed family holiday.

Staff and regulars from two Felixstowe venues turned out to take part in a sponsored football match on Sunday to help send Danielle Sayers, her husband and two sons on holiday.

There was also an auction and a raffle and, altogether, around £1,850 was raised on the day.

Mrs Sayers, 31, of The Walk, Felixstowe, was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer - osteosarcoma - in December.


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Mrs Sayers - who is married to Steven, 33, and has two children James, 10, and Jack, 8 - has had to have chemotherapy and a hip replacement operation since being diagnosed with bone cancer.

She said: "I fell and broke my hip, but it wasn't healing properly. When they looked, they realised I had cancer. It has been very difficult, especially at the beginning.

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"My husband had to give up work for a little bit, be my carer and look after the boys

"But the past couple of months, I have been a little bit better. Since my hip replacement operation, which I was dreading, I have been feeling more positive."

Mrs Sayers was touched by the fundraising day.

She said: "I was very shocked. It is a nice, pleasant surprise. I am not fussed where we go on holiday - a caravan in Great Yarmouth would be fine!"

The fundraising day was organised by Mrs Sayers' father and his wife - Mick and Wendy Amass of Kingsfleet Road, Felixstowe.

Staff and regulars from Felixstowe's Fludyers Arms Hotel and the Splitz Bar took part in the match

at the Felixstowe and Walton United ground in Dellwood Avenue, Felixstowe. Former Ipswich Town player John Wark was also there.

There was also an auction in the evening, with the chance to bid for goodies such as a signed Ipswich Town T-shirt, and a raffle in which the top prize was a meal at Felixstowe's China Garden.

Mrs Amass, 44, said: "I have been going to local businesses and everyone I have asked has helped, so it has been really nice.

"Danielle really deserves a holiday, as does her husband and her boys, who have been there every step of the way. They have been through a rough patch and deserve some quality time together.

"This is from us to help in their road to recovery."

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