South Shields mum Esma hits £10,000 milestone in her fight against cancer

From left, Cappuccino Kids owner Leanne Silmon with Esma Richardson and fundraising friend Carly Simms.
From left, Cappuccino Kids owner Leanne Silmon with Esma Richardson and fundraising friend Carly Simms.
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A mum from South Tyneside who is on a mission to raise £50,000 for vital treatment to save her life has hit her first milestone.

Esma Richardson needs to raise £50,000 to pay for stereotactic radiotherapy sessions to remove a growth next to her kidney.

I feel absolutely overwhelmed by it all. People I have never met before are donating - I just feel so much more positive.

Esma Richardson

The 39-year-old is currently part of a drugs trial which is helping to extend her life after being diagnosed with stage four lung cancer in 2014.

Without this further treatment, she has been told her life will be put at serious risk.

Earlier this month, she launched a fundraising drive to raise the cash needed, and has already raised £10,000.

The former hairdresser said: “I’m just so excited. It’s just incredible to reach £10,000 so soon. You just don’t realise how kind people can be.

“I feel absolutely overwhelmed by it all. People I have never met before are donating money, and I just feel so much more positive.

“There’s still a long way to go, but reaching the £10,000 mark has given me such a boost.

“There is so much more going to be happening. I have no option I have to keep going.”

An event has now been organised at Cappuccino Kids at Westoe Crown Village to help boost her fundraising efforts further.

The coffee morning will take place on Sunday, June 4, from 10am.

Tickets cost £5 and include a cuppa and a cake, and for £1 extra people can have it served in their own Esma mug.

Children’s tickets cost £2 and include juice, a cupcake and face painting.

For tickets and to book a slot visit Cappuccino Kids on Facebook or call 447 2600.