People living in Corby have rallied round a young family after the father was diagnosed with terminal cancer.
Mark Young, 44, thought he was suffering from pleurisy, but after a trip to A&E to drain his lung and a subsequent biopsy, he was told he had Stage 4 lung cancer that has spread to his spine, windpipe, pelvis and ribs.
Mark has just begun treatment for the cancer and in the meantime his friends have rallied round to give him, his wife Tracey and his five children the chance to make some happy memories.
Family friend Tracey Glackin started the ball rolling by organising a fundraising dance for the family. Now other friends including Mandy Glass, Collette Kettle, Debbie Beaddie and Karen McCluskey have stepped in to help.
Karen said: “Mark has an infectious personality, he is so much fun to be around.
“He is a hard working family man who has lived in Corby all his life. He has three boys under the age of six and two children aged 13 and 15, it is just heartbreaking.
The people in Corby are amazing.Karen McCluskey
“We wanted them to know that while they were in the depths of despair there were good things going on in the background.”
Karen has set up a crowdfundraising page online. She said: “The initial idea was to try and raise £2,000 to send the family to Legoland, but we raised £3,060 in just one day.
“The family like Ingoldmells so we’re looking at getting them a caravan there, and a lady has offered us hers.
“The people in Corby are amazing.”
Karen and her friends have been overwhelmed by the response. Karen said: “It is all still very much in the early stages, we didn’t expect so much to happen so quickly.
“We are going to look at setting up some sort of trust for the money and will be going round the pubs selling tickets for the fundraising dance.”
The dance is being held at Corby Labour Club on Friday, March 13. Quantum Print are printing the posters and tickets for free and other firms have offered raffle prizes.
To donate go to www.gofundme.com/mys270.