THE mother of a sick girl has thanked everyone for their on-going support for her daughter.

Lily May Filmer, eight, is in hospital - her bone marrow transplant has been put on hold because of her declining health.

Her mum, Kayleigh Chapman, said: “It’s really lovely to see everyone giving their support and attending all the swab drives to try and find a match.

“I’ve been watching all the Facebook videos on fund raising and I’m just so pleased.

“Thank you everyone for your continued support.”

Kayleigh wanted to attend a swab drive held at Pershore Town Football Club on March 1 but was with Lily at her bedside at Birmingham Children’s Hospital at the time.

Following this drive, £5441.89 was collected and 110 volunteers were swabbed as a potential bone marrow donors.

Players at Pershore Town Football Club then decided to raise even more money when three of the first team players agreed to have their legs waxed and for this alone, raising an additional £2095.

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Tamzin Richards, deputy head of St Barnabas C Of E First & Middle School, in Drakes Broughton, where Lily is a pupil, said: "We had 36 people come along to get swabbed at our event on Wednesday, March 4.

“Around £1300 was raised by hosting a non-uniform day and pupils make cakes to sell at break time.

“DKMS is a vital charity and I was told each sample costs £40 to get tested, so we hope the funds will support the charity on this point.

“As a school, we’re all concerned about Lily and the family are on our thoughts at this difficult time.

“We’ve explained to pupils about what the saliva testing is for so they understand what is going on.

“We sent her a Valentine’s Day card from the school as well.”

More than 8million potential donors are registered within DKMS and have given more than 69,000 second chances of life to people diagnosed with blood cancer.

Anyone between the ages of 18-55 and in general good health can register and give a simple swab sample to see if they are a match for Lily, or anyone else who needs a blood stem cell transplant.

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