Barnsley family rally to raise money for six year old girl with cancer
A family in Barnsley are rallying together to fundraise for their six-year-old daughter who was diagnosed with cancer earlier this month.
Robert Jackson, 39, of Hoyland, created a public donation page to raise funds for a Paediatric Chair and to go towards travel costs when taking his daughter Enya Sally Haugen-Jackson to appointments at Sheffield Children’s Hospital.
The six-year-old was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia on July 8 of this year and is currently undergoing chemotherapy treatment, while also on steroids.
The family have raised £2,280 of their £5,000 target so far which hopes to pay for a Paediatric Chair that will help make Enya more comfortable when she’s feeling exhausted and tired from treatment.
Any additional funds will be used to help ease the cost of taking the six-year-old from Barnsley to Sheffield for chemotherapy appointments.
The 39-year-old dad hopes to have enough money left over to take Enya on holiday after her Leukemia treatment and make a donation to Ward 6 of Sheffield Children’s Hospital.
Robert explained how he felt when his daughter was first diagnosed.
"It's like this wave that washed over me but straight away the doctor then told me what would be happening.
"Every step of the way, I've been very well informed and because of the treatment, they just fill me with confidence."
The former bus driver, who lives 30 minutes away from where Enya is receiving care, shared the financial cost of taking her to hospital.
He continued: "I’m already feeling the pinch because of all the travel costs and me being on low income.
"At the moment while she's on steroids, she is eating through house and home - it's unbelievable the appetite that they get.
“But I'm absolutely overwhelmed with the amount of support we've received, particularly from strangers.
"Even though it is me that is going through this with Enya, they've got no personal ties but it feels like they are part of it."
The family intend to donate the Paediatric Chair to another child who is need once the six-year-old has finished her treatment and is well.
To make a contribution to Enya’s fundraising page, click here.