NEWS: 5 Things that happened on GoFundMe this week
Celebs, Ed Sheeran and Peter Kay have helped campaigns, and the site’s been busy with donations for a young mum mugged outside a hospital, cash for two children who lost their mum to cancer and funds for a cuddle cot for families who lose their baby at birth.
1. Mum of baby fighting for life mugged outside children’s hospital he’s being cared for
Zara Richards, 23, was in the middle of Facetiming her partner to let him know how their son was doing when her phone, containing precious videos and pictures was snatched on Monday night.
Little Arlo was born with a serious heart condition and may need a transplant. The poorly youngster, who is just five months old, is being treated at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London.
Zara’s mum, Michelle Beattie who started a GoFundMe aiming to raise £1,200 to support the family.
Mike Newcombe who donated £100 left a comment saying: “We have our own little Arlo who has been in hospital since birth last May. Just wanted to say keep going, keep fighting, we really do understand x”
2. Young mum passes away away after being diagnosed with cancer at eight months pregnant.
Louise Winstanley, 29, went into hospital for a routine blood test, but was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia.
Louise and her fiancé, Peter Doran, from Liverpool, decided to induce their baby girl, who was born via caesarean in January, so that she could start chemotherapy treatment in a bid to save her life.
But after suffering complications from a stem cell transplant, Louise tragically passed away just five months later.
A GoFundMe page has now been set up by Alexis Winstanley for her two children, Jaxon and Harlow.
3. Bereaved mum launches crowdfunder for a cuddle cot for families who lose their babies at birth
A cuddle cot allowed devastated mum, Angela Cooke to be close to her son after he was stillborn. She is now raising money on GoFundMe for similar cots.
Angela, 31, suffered a placental abruption, where the placenta separates from a woman’s uterus before a baby is born.
Keelan was stillborn and a special cot that kept his body cold allowed Angela and her partner Luke Baker from Buty Port, Wales to spend time with Keelan. They are now raising money for cots to help other families who face the same.
The mum of four said: “It helped with my grief. He looked so peaceful and handsome. I will never forget the time I had with him. Although my world had crashed around me seeing him lying there, so perfect, meant so much”.
4. Ed Sheeran pours £20,000 into crowdfunding campaign for Ghanian School
The singer donated to a crowdfunding campaign called #NanaNeedsASchool to raise £250,000 in six weeks to build a secondary school in Ghana.
In 2010, Fuse ODG Records teamed up with Wood World Mission to build a primary school in Akosombo in Ghana.
The first cohort of students are due to start school in September, but the nearest secondary school is miles away and most families are not able to afford the school fees. The cash would pay for a new school that’s closer to their homes.
5. Peter Kay announces charity appearance for a mum’s cancer treatment crowdfunder
The comedian has announced a special live Q&A at Blackpool Opera House next month for Polly Haydock who is raising money on GoFundMe to pay for her cancer treatement.
Mum-of-three Polly Haydock from Westhoughton, Bolton was diagnosed with cancer at the end of 2015 and was told the disease was terminal last July. She is now hoping to get enough funds to travel to Germany for specialist treatment.
Writing on her GoFundMe page, Polly said: “I will never forget the day my oncologist told me that I had six months left to live. It broke my heart and the hearts of my family and close friends.
“I set up this GoFundMe account in the hope that friends may be able to donate and help me get to Germany and the response has been absolutely wonderful”.