AN URGENT fundraiser to help a Haverfordwest woman battling cancer has been given a boost, thanks to a group of fellow mums.
Anca Falconer suffers from a “one in ten million” form of liver cancer, and without specialist treatment only available privately, she may not live to see her daughter Mary's next birthday.
Raquel Siso-Rodrigues, whose youngest child attends the school, said: "We all knew Anca had cancer, but it’s not something you bring up in conversation at the school gates.
"We were so shocked to find out she was so ill, and when I saw the appeal by Richard I realised she was desperate for this treatment.
"I spoke to the other mums and said ‘we should do something, we need to help’."
So far, the group have clocked up £600 in an hour, by holding a school cake sale, where charitable parents donated up to £10 for a £2 cake.
Their next event will be a bag-pack at Tesco Haverfordwest, from 10am on May 30, and on June 1 there will be a family quiz night at the Glen Hotel in Merlin’s Bridge.
A pyjama day at the school will hopefully raise more cash on June 16, followed by a family fun day at Haverfordwest Rugby Club on July 9.
On June 25, Raquel will also complete a sponsored tandem skydive.
“The thought is horrendous,” said Raquel. “I don’t even go on rollercoasters! But £30,000 is a big ask, so I knew I needed to do something big.”
Raquel said she would the busy programme of events would not have been possible alone, with more than 60 local businesses already offering raffle prizes.
“The community we have in the school, they just all pull together, they have been fantastic," she said.
“We just want to raise as much as we can,” she said. “A little girl needs her mum.”
UPDATE: The fun day on July 9 will now take place at the Rugby Club, not the Cricket Club, in case of bad weather.