Terminally-ill mum ‘overwhelmed’ as community steps up to help her tick off bucket list

Hemel Hempstead resident Emma Young, who has secondary breast cancer, is part of a new TV campaign with Breast Cancer Now
Hemel Hempstead resident Emma Young, who has secondary breast cancer, is part of a new TV campaign with Breast Cancer Now

A mother-of-three with terminal cancer says she has been ‘overwhelmed’ by people’s generosity in helping her tick off the bucket list she has made with her children.

Emma Young, 36, of Adeyfield in Hemel Hempstead, was first diagnosed just over a year ago after finding a lump, before she was later told it had spread to her bones.

The devoted mother spent time compiling a list of memories she wanted to make with her three children Grace, 15, Louis, 10 and eight-year-old Daisy.

Then her old pal Amy Heathfield set up a Go Fund Me page online to help Emma with the cost of the list and donations have been flooding in ever since.

More than £3,000 has been raised in less than one week and on the list is a trip to Disneyland Paris, taking the children on their first aeroplane flight, dancing the night away at a One Direction concert with superfan Daisy and enjoying a sky-high dinner at The Shard in London.

Emma, who was a teaching assistant at Kings Langley Primary School before her diagnosis, said: “I’m just so overwhelmed. I didn’t think people were that bothered about me.

“I got recognised at The Crabtree (pub in Leverstock Green Road, Hemel Hempstead) the other day.

“This lady came up to me and said ‘I’m really sorry, you don’t know me but I’ve seen your story’ and then she started crying and hugging me.

“It was emotional.

“I feel a bit like a fraud at the moment because I look quite well and people might think there’s nothing wrong with me when they see me walking down the street.

“But I don’t know how long I’ve got and it’s always in the back of my mind, hanging over me.

“I try not to thing about it and just get on with things. It’s mind over matter.”

She added: “I live between scans, which I have to have every three months, and then I have to wait a fortnight for the test results which is hard,

“I’m living a parallel life now and I’ve got a new kind of normal. I used to be really on top of the housework but now I just think ‘it’s only a bit of dust, we’ll cope.

“We’ve already ticked some stuff off the list. We went on the London Eye and I treated myself to some Hunter wellies because I’ve always wanted a pair.

“My attitude now is ‘Why not?’.”

Emma is receiving treatment at the Hospice of St Francis in Northchurch and her two daughters are also being supported through counselling and art therapy.

She is also one of the faces of Breast Cancer Now’s #TheLastOne campaign, which is running on television at the moment.

Visit www.gofundme.com/emmayoung to donate.