Delphi’s fundraising plea for cancer-stricken Labradoodle

Delphi McWilliam with Labradoodle Penny, who is undergoing chemotherapy for lymphoma. SG140217-108TW
Delphi McWilliam with Labradoodle Penny, who is undergoing chemotherapy for lymphoma. SG140217-108TW
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A teenager has launched an Internet fundraising campaign so her ‘best friend’ can undergo chemotherapy to boost her quality of life.

Delphi McWilliam’s best friend is a six-year-old Labradroodle called Penny, who was diagnosed with lymphoma – a form of cancer – in November 2015.

All I want to do is ensure that, whatever time Penny has left, she’s happy – as happy as she can be

Delphi McWilliam, of Whaplode St Catherine

Delphi (19), from Whaplode St Catherine, knows the treatment won’t save Penny’s life but says it makes her canine companion feel better – and allows her to be herself.

She explained: “All I want to do is ensure that, whatever time she has left, she’s happy – as happy as she can be.”

Up to yesterday (Wednesday), 20 people had donated £495 towards Delphi’s campaign to raise £2,000 on her Pennies for Penny, GoGetFunding page.

Treatments cost around £600.

Delphi is a former pupil at Spalding’s Sir John Gleed School and Spalding Grammar School and currently has “two little part-time jobs” at Unique Cottage Studios, Spalding, and at Fat Face, in Springfields Retail Outlet, Spalding.

She says Penny was a gift for her 13th birthday and was her first ever dog of her own.

“Ever since she was a puppy, she has slept on my bed,” said Delphi. “We have a special bond. She follows me everywhere. When I used to come home from school, she used to watch for me by looking out of the window.”

Anyone wishing to support Delphi’s Pennies for Penny appeal can visit https://gogetfunding.com/pennies-for-penny-2/

Delphi says the chemotherapy makes Penny feel better – and anyone looking at her wouldn’t realise she is ill.

“The treatment that she’s getting at the moment is more for quality of life rather than extending her life,” said Delphi. “They can’t really predict how long Penny will live – it could be a month or it could be another year.”