A Cambridgeshire woman is fundraising to make Christmas as special as possible for her mum who has a brain tumour.
Mel Orendi, 29, from Burwell, Cambridgeshire, is asking for the public to help cover the costs of her mum Cheryl’s recovery from surgery and fulfil her bucket list.
On her GoFundMe page, Mel wrote: “Help me save my mum, or at least make this Christmas memorable not only for my mum, but my 9 year old daughter.”
When Cheryl Orendi, 64, from Lode, was diagnosed with a brain tumour on Thursday (December 10), Mel said: “All our worlds came crashing down with one big Bang.”
The close family initially thought the operation to remove the tumour would take place between Christmas and New Year, but were told yesterday that the surgery has been rescheduled for Tuesday, December 22.
As a result, Mel is moving Christmas forward this year to make sure that Cheryl can “watch Lily open her presents” as she wanted to.
The fundraiser was created on Friday and has already raised over £600 of the £5,000 target.
“I want to give her the best fighting chance,” Mel told Cambridgeshire Live.
As her mum is immunocompromised, which means she has an impaired immune system, Mel needs help to pay for post-surgery treatments including CBD oil.
She added: “It’s the after I’m concerned about, because they’ve said she’s going to have to take chemo tablets.”
Mel is also raising money for Cheryl’s bucket list, including a trip to Lanzarote – her favourite location – if possible.
In a desperate plea on the GoFundMe page, Mel wrote: “My mum Cheryl is the kind of woman that loves, she loves unconditionally with everything she has, she helps those that are in need, she’s always helped the people in my life as well as others she knows.”
The single mum said her mother has been a “major support” after she lost her job due to chronic health conditions including ME.
“Now I can’t have her support and I need to be strong for all of us,” she said.