Schools rally to help mum Natalie fight cancer

Children from Chaulden Infants School show their support for sick mum Natalie Arseni through a non-uniform day.
Children from Chaulden Infants School show their support for sick mum Natalie Arseni through a non-uniform day.

Hemel Hempstead schools are pledging support for a gravely ill mum whose only hope of beating cancer is costly treatment in America.

Chaulden Infants’ and Nursery School is the first to hold a non-uniform day to raise funds for cancer-stricken Natalie Arseni, after a campaign was set up in her name by parents at St Rose’s Catholic Infant School. Her daughters Sofia, five, and Anna, four, are pupils there.

For Natalie, who has a life expectancy of between two and five years due to the spreading of cancer to her abdomen, the only chance to see her daughters grow up is to travel to New York for the cutting edge treatment.

Marta Komorowska, whose son attends Chaulden Infants’, read about Natalie’s tragic story on Facebook and urged the school to get involved.

The non-uniform day raised £329.73 towards Natalie’s treatment, and others including Boxmoor Preschool have now also offered to help.

Chaulden head teacher Jackie Hood said: “Schools in Dacorum work closely together anyway, so this is a chance to show some Dacorum spirit. It is Natalie’s last chance.”

The St Rose’s parents association has already neared the initial £5,000 target, but still needs to help fund her travel and aftercare, which could cost £700 every month.

Visit facebook.com/TeamNatalieStRoses for details of how to donate.