Online donations send family on dream holiday

Naomi Thomas from the Wedding Wishing Well Foundation. Ref shs 5722-30-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

Naomi Thomas from the Wedding Wishing Well Foundation. Ref shs 5722-30-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn - Credit: Archant

An anonymous donation of £1,000 has helped secure a terminally ill mum and her family a dream holiday to Florida - so they can create some ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ memories.

Friends of Naomi Thomas organised an online campaign to raise more than £3,000 to send the 33-year-old, her husband Graham and five-year-old son Devon to Disney World later this year.

Sidmouth-born Naomi was told she had an incurable tumour on her spine days after Devon’s birth. After the kindness of strangers helped her wed Graham, she set up the Wedding Wishing Well Foundation charity to help other terminally ill people tie the knot.

Naomi spoke of her amazement at the kind contributions that will allow her to create precious memories with her son.

She said: “We are utterly thrilled that we are going to be able to go to Disneyland. It still amazes me that people who don’t even know us will happily put their hand in their pocket, especially when money is still very tight for many.

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“Devon is so excited and I just can’t wait to see his face when he sees it all. It will also be lovely to spend two weeks away from emails and phone calls and have some quality family time making once-in-a-lifetime memories.”

Naomi told all those who donated: “Thank-you for giving us the opportunity to give our son special memories of us as a family - doing something so wonderful that will last his lifetime.”

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Honiton resident Hannah Chesterfield started a fundraising bid in March and was helped by friends and supporters of Naomi’s work.

Hannah said: “I’ve been overwhelmed by people’s generosity and would like to thank everyone who has taken the time to donate to such a fantastic cause. One anonymous individual donated a staggering £1,000, which was absolutely fantastic.

“I cannot thank everyone enough as I know it will mean the world to Naomi, Graham and Devon as they’ll be able to create lifelong, lasting memories for them to all cherish.”

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