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Appeal to send owner of Early Birds and Night Owls school clubs in Bishop's Stortford and Stansted on family holiday of a lifetime to Walt Disney World Resort in Florida



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A fundraising campaign is under way to give a much-loved member of the Bishop's Stortford community the family holiday of a lifetime after she was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer.

Mother-of-six Hayley Lynskey, 43, who runs Early Birds and Night Owls breakfast and after-school clubs at more than half of the town's primary schools, is receiving palliative care for neuroendocrine cancer.

A gofundme page has been set up by Hayley's close friends Jenny Lewis and Denise Matthews to raise £15,000 for a holiday to Walt Disney World Resort in Florida for the family, who live in Albury. By Tuesday (July 19) it had reached £11,885.

Hayley Lynskey: "I felt like the plaster had been ripped off because not many people knew I was ill. I just felt like the whole world doesn't need to know."
Hayley Lynskey: "I felt like the plaster had been ripped off because not many people knew I was ill. I just felt like the whole world doesn't need to know."

"This fundraiser has been set up to help raise funds to get Hayley and her lovely family to Disney to make memories they can cherish forever.

"Hayley has always given to others, working tirelessly to provide before- and after-school clubs to many of the primary schools in Bishop's Stortford. It’s now time to give something back to her. She is loved by so many and I know everyone would love to see her wishes come true."

Hayley has six children: Callum, 23, Euan, 21, Olivia, 18, William, 9, and six-year-old twins Poppy and Daisy. She launched her businesses 19 years ago with husband Michael supporting her in the home and now heads a team of more than 50 people covering seven schools in Stortford and Stansted's Magna Carta Primary Academy.

Hayley and her family of husband Michael and their six children aged 23 to 6
Hayley and her family of husband Michael and their six children aged 23 to 6

As well as the Early Birds and Night Owls clubs, Hayley runs Little Ladybirds and Appletree Pre-Schools, Forest School and Holiday Hedgehogs, offering childcare during school holidays.

Friend John Wright said: "We've known Hayley and Michael for 20 years, our kids are the same sort of age, and she's so well known across the schools community. She's been running these clubs for so long, so there's not many who don't know her.

"She's one of those people that spends her entire life trying to help others and it's just a rubbish card to be dealt. She's put off doing things to help others and we just wanted to do something to give her and her family a bit of enjoyment."

Hayley was diagnosed with Cushings Syndrome early this year along with the cancer, described as a rare tumour that can occur anywhere and affects the cells that release hormones into the body. She is undergoing chemotherapy and has had both adrenal glands removed, leaving her steroid dependent.

Speaking to the Indie, Hayley said that initially she was "very dubious" about accepting the fundraiser.

"I felt like the plaster had been ripped off because not many people knew I was ill. I just felt like the whole world doesn't need to know, but then people said to me that a holiday to Disney is something we'd never be able to do as a family of eight.

"My prognosis isn’t the best, and as a family of eight we've only been away once in our life and only ever been on a plane once.

"I still don’t think we're deserving, but one thing I do know, we would never afford Disney, and if we're able to go and my family can have memories for a lifetime I'll be forever grateful for as long as I'm breathing.

"At the moment, I cannot travel because I'm not well enough, so I don't know yet when we can do it. I'm quite restricted but still working.

"It's tough. I was in and out of hospital for three-and-a-half weeks in January and have had two more stays since then. It's a life of hospital appointments now when before I never ever went to the doctors.

"Before my illness I thought I had the perfect life working every waking hour. My mum always says 'Look after your wellness or you'll have to make time for your illness'. That's so true and I would beg everyone adopts this and, if in doubt, check it out."

Hayley added: "I now have to rely on other people and just have to accept the help, which is really alien to me, and that's why I found the fundraiser so hard. But I'm very lucky really as I have a really great team, my staff are my main asset, and so lucky to have my family around me."

To donate to the holiday fundraising page, visit www.gofundme.com and search for 'Making memories to last forever'.



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