Appeal to raise money for former student's cancer treatment

Money is being raised to help former Bradford College student Amy Meskiri who has cancer

Money is being raised to fund urgent cancer treatment for a former Bradford College student.

An online appeal has been set up to pay to send Amy Meskiri to Germany for life-saving treatment that is not available in the UK.

Since the appeal was launched a fortnight ago, £32,000 has been raised but £100,000 is the amount needed to get the 25-year-old former beauty therapy student the specialist treatment that she desperately needs. 

Amy, who studied at Bradford College between 2010 and 2013, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2017. She has had chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatment and last year underwent a mastectomy. But, in January this year, she was told that the cancer had spread to her liver and lungs. 

In the UK Amy's stage-4 cancer is considered untreatable. However, a clinic in Germany offers treatments that have proved successful in previous patients. 

Amy Meskiri with her mother Wendy Raistrick

Amy's mother Wendy Raistrick said: "Without this treatment, we will lose her.

"We need to get Amy to Germany - it gives her the best chance she's got to fight this illness.

"And I'm hoping to spread awareness to younger people that breast cancer doesn't always target the older woman."

She added: "Amy is a sweet-natured, gentle young woman who doesn't deserve this, the clinic in Germany offers hope and are willing to take Amy on if obviously, we can raise the funds.

Amy's story has received local and national press coverage including the Mirror, BBC News and Bradford's Telegraph and Argus.

Amy has also been visited by the Lord Mayor of Bradford and her appeal has caught the attention of various members of parliament who are to raise the matter in parliament as to why British citizens of today must raise funds independently and travel to Europe in order to obtain life-saving treatment.

Anyone wishing to donate to the appeal can do so at https://www.gofundme.com/amy039s-not-ready-to-die 

 

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