Overwhelmed by $14k support

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Family support: From left, father Chris, sister Ely, brother Ben, sister-in-law Hitomi, son Tom, Alys, husband Matt, sister Grace, Karen, and brother Rory in Queenstown in May last year

A Queenstown mum with inoperable cancer says $14,000 in donations from the resort community will allow her to make more cherished memories with her family.

Alys Elsworth (nee Cochrane) grew up in the resort but moved to the United Kingdom about a decade ago.

The mum-of-one, 30, was diagnosed with a rare ovarian cancer in early 2016.

Despite surgery and chemotherapy, it’s spread to her stomach, liver and abdomen. It’s inoperable and incurable.

The former Wakatipu High pupil, Skyline’s first modern apprentice, married boyfriend Matt last September.

And after the latest diagnosis, her Queenstown family launched a fundraising appeal so they could fly over for their first wedding anniversary.

They aim to spend a few months with Alys, Matt and three-year-old Thomas.

The appeal raised $13,841 through 99 donors in about two-and-a-half months.

Elsworth says: “We have all been so overwhelmed by the massive amount of love and support we have received.”

Dad Chris, step-mum Karen Stuart, of Happiness House, and kids Ely, Rory, Grace and Ben flew out this week.

The Givealittle appeal, ‘support4alys’, remains open until December.

paul.taylor@scene.co.nz