Cash pours in for Tash's Trip

PUBLISHED: 13:29 24 September 2008 | UPDATED: 22:22 15 June 2010

SUPPORT for the Herald's campaign to send teenage cancer victim Natasha Gould on a holiday of a lifetime has prompted a fantastic response.

SUPPORT for the Herald's campaign to send teenage cancer victim Natasha Gould on a holiday of a lifetime has prompted a fantastic response.In less than two weeks, cheques totalling almost £700 have been banked.Pledges for hundreds more have been received and schools and other groups have started to come forward with fund-raising ideas. The fund-raising target is £4,000.All Saints Primary School, near Axminster, is to hold a non-uniform day in aid of Tash's Trip next month. Natasha is a former pupil.Firefighters, businesses, friends of Natasha's family and complete strangers have come forward to aid us in sending 16-year-old Natasha on a dream holiday to visit the late Steve Irwin's Australia Zoo.Cash raised so far has been by private donation. Around six cheques have been received - one for a substantial sum. Thank you.Rob Stevens, of Winston's, in Seaton, says he will hold a sponsored evening to raise funds.Some people are even prepared to jump out of a plane with Herald reporter Angela Brennan to raise money to treat a deserving Natasha, whose growth has been stunted by cancer of the pituitary glands.Dad Darren, a postman and retained firefighter, said: "I'm excited by it all and we really are touched. It's a real eye-opener - it shows such human kindness. We've had a lot of friends come out saying they didn't realise it was our daughter and they want to help."We're very pleased. We never expected so much would be raised in such a short time. Natasha has been really touched by it too. It's heart warming."A lot of people have tried to push me to do the skydive too but I chickened out!"Diagnosed with rare cancer type Langerhan's cell histiocytosis (LCH) while sitting her GCSEs, brave Natasha fought her illness to pass all her exams.The former Axe Valley Community College student has now gone on to study animal care at Bicton College and hopes one day to be a vet or a zoo keeper. To visit the famous Australia Zoo is her long-held ambition.

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