Girl, 14, dies from brain cancer weeks after friend raised £230,000
A 14-year-old girl has tragically died from a brain tumour only weeks after her friend raised enough money for her to get potentially life-saving treatment.
Lily Wythe died on Saturday at Addenbrooke’s paediatric intensive care unit in Cambridge after being diagnosed with cancer in October.
Her death came just a few weeks after her best friend, Lillie Cotgrove, 13, helped to raise £230,000 in just seven days towards a fund to pay for crucial treatment in the US.
This total was added to £78,000 raised by a separate GoFundMe page, which was set up in November.
Lily’s devastated mum, Diana Wythe, announced her death on a Facebook page dedicated to her battle.
She said: ‘It’s with the heaviest of hearts we announce the passing of our beautiful brave Lily.
‘On Thursday Lily suffered a huge seizure, she was ventilated and we were transferred to Addenbrooks Paediatric Intensive Care Unit.
‘She fought long and hard all day Saturday into this morning. We are utterly heartbroken but we couldn’t be prouder of our girl.
‘Fly high beautiful, cancer free and forever 14 years old.’
Lily was diagnosed with a high-grade diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG) in October last year.
Lillie was ‘devastated’ to learn Lily’s childhood cancer could prove to be fatal within 12 months of diagnosis.
Lily’s family found new hope when they were told about ‘promising’ clinical trials for their daughter’s brain tumour in Seattle, USA.
However, they also learned they’d need £300,000 to pay for the treatment.
Lillie was determined to do what she could to help her friend and so set up a fundraising page, The One Pound Warriors.
The page asked for a voluntary £1 donation from all its members and received a host of celebrity endorsements including Jonathan Ross, Rachel Riley, and Gemma Collins.
A Facebook page was set up by Lillie and her mum Sarah on January 16 and its 134,000 members managed to raise £230,000 in just seven days.
Sarah Cotgrove, who set up One Pound Warriors on behalf of her daughter Lillie, said: ‘We all need some time, we need to cry and shout and turn to each other.
‘Life is so unfair we need to scream.
‘I would ask everyone who has supported us so far to please pray for Lily’s family and hold them close in their thoughts.’