Friends in need for Rebekah

SISTERLY LOVE: Rebekah Dolby (33) who is terminally ill with oesophageal cancer and her sister Tasha Arnold.  Photo by Tim Wilson.
SISTERLY LOVE: Rebekah Dolby (33) who is terminally ill with oesophageal cancer and her sister Tasha Arnold. Photo by Tim Wilson.
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A community effort has started to help a mum-of-four from Spalding given just 12 months to live by doctors.

At least £700 has been raised online for Rebekah Dolby (33) of Queens Road who was diagnosed with oesophageal cancer last December.

Rebekah’s sister, Tasha Arnold (38), made a heartfelt appeal for help to pay off the mortgage on the family home in last week’s Guardian to secure it for their mum Teresa Dolby and Rebekah’s four children aged between two and 13.

Tasha said: “I’m humbled by the number of people who have pledged to help Rebekah, including people who we’ve not seen for a long time.

“One friend is helping us with a coffee morning at St Paul’s Church, Fulney, Spalding, on July 17 and another is having a wet head shave on July, with all proceeds going to Rebekah.

“Someone else is doing a sponsored leg shave in Spalding and other events being planned are a Prince and Princess ball at Spalding Services and Social Club in August, a raffle at a chip shop in Holbeach and a couple of people have offered us their services with a mobile disco.

“We’re really grateful for all the help and support so far, but we could really do with the Spalding community rallying to hold other events for Rebekah.”

Meanwhile, the family has been boosted by support from the vicar of St Paul’s Church, Rev Mike Chesher, who said: “I know of Rebekah’s illness and was very sad indeed to hear of this further blow because she is a most wonderful mum to her children.

“It is the most awful thing imaginable for four children to be faced, not only with losing their mum but their home too, with all its memories.

“I will certainly see what our churches might be able to do to help and I hope their home can be saved.”

Donations for Rebekah can be made at https://crowdfunding.justgiving.com/natasha-arnold-959