A FOUR-year-old tot diagnosed with a brain tumour took a turn for the worse last weekend with doctors now giving her just three months to live.
After hearing the shock news about little Ellese Mulligan-Green, the Observer has helped organise a dream trip to Euro Disney.
Ellese, who started at St Mary’s RC Primary School in Oswaldtwistle in September, was diagnosed in June with a high-grade glioma – the medical name for a deadly brain tumour – and her health has steadily declined ever since.
This week her devastated mum Joanne, who works for Hyndburn Homes, said: "Ellese had a bad weekend and we had to rush her into the Christie Hospital where we were told she had only three months to live.
"She has had to go back on the steroids because her balance is so bad. We are due to go to Pendlebury Children’s Hospital at the end of the week to see if there is anything else we can do to find her more time.
"This awful situation has really brought out the best out in so many people. Everyone has been really great, especially our work colleagues who have helped us to deal with these past few months by giving us at least some normality.
"This has been really important since the diagnosis, not just for us but for Ellese and her little brother Joshua too."
On hearing about Ellese’s condition, the Observer got in touch with Accrington Rotary Club’s Rotary Will Fix It panel which looks to help seriously ill people, or those with disabilities, achieve their dreams.
Bill Powell, chairman of Accrington Rotary’s Community Service Committee, said he would do everything he could to fulfil Ellese’s dream of meeting all the Disney princesses including her favourite, Ariel the Little Mermaid.
Mr Powell said: "We will hopefully have Ellese and her family in Euro Disney in the next couple of weeks. We are currently in communication with Euro Disney and are just waiting to confirm travel availability.
"The Rotary Will Fix It panel is always looking for people to help and I cannot think of anyone more deserving than this little girl."
Ellese has recently moved to Guide from Oswaldtwistle with mum Joanne, 39, conservatory fabricator dad Phillip, 37, and little brother Joshua, two.
Joanne said: "It is absolutely brilliant that Ellese will be able to have a special time in Euro Disney. We can’t thank people enough, it really means so much. We haven’t told her that she’s going yet because we know she will be so excited she won’t sleep until we go."
A number of fund-raising events are also planned, including a fashion show on 20 November at the Poplar WMC and a ladies’ night at the Calder pub, Accrington on 21 December. Tickets at £15 include a stripper show, champagne reception and buffet, with a percentage of the takings made on the door going to her fund.