A MUM is appealing for help to make memories with her daughter before the eight-year-old has a bone marrow transplant.

Lily May Filmer is scheduled to begin her transplant journey at Birmingham Children's Hospital on March 23 but is desperately searching for a donor. A JustGiving page has been set up by mum-of-four Kayleigh Chapman which will allow the family to do things together while Lily is “healthy” enough.

Mrs Chapman, from Drakes Broughton, said: “The money is for the other children as well. It’s all of us who are suffering. Lily is going through everything, but I have three other children and a husband at home. It’s split our family in half.

"The treatment will completely wipe her immune system, so when Lily comes out of isolation there will be strict restrictions, so we only have now to do things together as a family.”


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Mrs Chapman previously told the Worcester News that her younger daughter Keira Filmer, aged seven, was a match and could be a possible donor for her big sister. But this option was ruled out as Kiera became so distressed as doctors struggled to take blood from her.

Mrs Chapman said: “I feel very anxious. We do have Kiera as a backup, but she will need a lot more psychology beforehand. She understands what is needed of her and why. However, I am not telling her that if she doesn’t not have it that her sister will die. I am not putting that pressure on her.”

A status was posted on Lilys Freedom Fight Facebook page which said: “I’m not quite sure what will happen if no one is a match, other than going back to see if Keira will do it. I’ve asked again and she has said she doesn’t want a needle. I can’t blame her though. So in reality, we have six to seven weeks left together as a family of six.

“Everything she has been through and going through now is nothing compared to what’s about to come. We don’t have the time to save and we all could really do with the distractions and make happy memories together while we still can.

“Cramming a child’s bucket list into six weeks seems a bit of a struggle but we will do as much as we possibly can.

“Thank you so, so much to those that have already donated. We have received so much support from people all over the world.”

The family will plan cinema trips, Lego Land, Thomas Land and Pizza Hut visits in the remaining time.

A swab drive will be held at Pershore Town Football Club on March 1, where anyone between the ages of 18 to 55 and in general good health can register and give a swab sample to see if they are a match for Lily.

To donate, visit www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/lilysfreedomfight