Sheffield mum’s cancer battle appeal

Charley Ashton and her daughter Aurelia
Charley Ashton and her daughter Aurelia
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A Sheffield mum is in a desperate race against time to raise £100,000 for the cancer treatment she hopes will save her life.

Charley Ashton, aged 35, was diagnosed with terminal cancer in January and told she only had months to live.

The only hope for Charley, who is the mother to 18-month-old Aurelia and now lives in Brighton, is immunotherapy, a new treatment which is already seeing success in tackling lung and skin cancer. It works by teaching the body’s immune cells to attack cancerous cells.

But as no research has been done into its effect on very rare cancers like the one suffered by Charley, the NHS will not fund the £100,000 treatment.

A fund launched by her friends and family called Cure4Charley has already raised £93,000 since being launched last month.

Charley, who grew up in Sheffield and moved to Sussex in 2007, said: “Getting the money is only one of the hurdles. Because no one really knows what my cancer is, they don’t know what will happen to me if I have the treatment.

“We are in discussion with a doctor in London at the moment and are hopeful he will agree to give me the therapy.”

Charley said her and her partner Jess had been enjoying life after the birth of their daughter when she began to suffer severe stomach cramps.

Her GP referred her for scans which showed a large tumour in her stomach.

Despite an operation to remove it, Charley was told a few months later the cancer had spread and was terminal.

Charley said she was overwhelmed by the response to the fundraising appeal.

“It has completely restored my faith in human kindness. We came back to Sheffield recently and had a big party with 40 family and friends - it is those things that are important as well as spending as much time with Jess and Aurelia.

“It is the ordinary things that have become so important to me.”

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