Dying mum’s plea for help

Jennifer Corrigan with her daughters Shauna and Chelsea
Jennifer Corrigan with her daughters Shauna and Chelsea

A terminally ill mother-of-two has told of her fear that she won’t be able to afford Christmas.

Jennifer Corrigan, who is battling congenital end stage liver failure, is desperate to give her daughters Shauna, 10, and Chelsea, eight, the Christmas they deserve.

But the 30-year-old, from Blackbrook, who is too ill to work and recently lost both her mother and her aunt, says that, as things stand, that simply won’t be possible.

She said: “I love Christmas but lost my mum and my auntie in the last year and I’m struggling with funds. Even buying clothes and footwear - the things we all want and need - is a problem.

“I’m not too good at the moment either and my prognosis is quite poor. I was first diagnosed in 2006, so I’ve been battling this for quite a while. It affects all my organs too, not just my liver.

“I had been on a waiting list for a second liver transplant but the doctors don’t think I would be strong enough to pull through.”

Jennifer’s cause has now been taken up by the St Helens-based “last wish” charity the HoneyRose Foundation, who have already kitted out the family in new clothes and organised a visit to Blackpool - the first time her daughters had ever been to the seaside.

But they are now appealing for more donations to help make Jennifer’s remaining time with her daughters, who have both asked for bikes for Christmas, as happy as possible.

Lynn Duffy, of the HoneyRose Foundation, said: “Jennifer is a lovely, brave and special lady who is deserving of so much more.

“But you can help us. We would like to raise at least £500 to go towards making their remaining time together as special as possible.”

Jennifer added: “It would help immensely if I just had the knowledge that a bit of money was there when I needed it.”

To donate, visit the Jennifer Appeal JustGiving page at: www.justgiving.com/jenniferappeal

You can also donate by texting JENN22 to 70070 or by making a cheque payable to the HoneyRose Foundation, along with a note stating that it’s for the Jennifer Appeal.