The family of cancer-stricken Bradley Robinson are stunned by generous offers of help to grant his wish to get to Britain to see his grandparents.
After an article on the 10-year-old's battle with neuroblastoma in _The Weekend West _, a donor offered to make up the shortfall in donations for the family's trip so Bradley can visit his relatives and see his team, Manchester United.
Pat Surtees, 69, said she and her husband Norm made the offer because she wanted to give the family some peace of mind.
"There are so many people out there who need a little bit of support," the retired grandmother said. "I have four children and nine grandchildren . . . so I can understand how hard it must be to have a sick child."
Mrs Surtees said she was moved by Bradley's plight. "You don't like to think it can happen to a child," she said.
She wanted to give the Robinsons $7500 so they did not have to wait for "dribs and drabs" of money.
At least two other donors offered money towards the family's trip and the Robinsons said they were heartened by the generosity.
"It's a really strange feeling because you put this piece out and you don't expect the generosity of people you don't know," Bradley's mum Lisa Robinson said.
"You feel really humbled that people have taken the time to read it and donate."
The money would mean that once Bradley's latest round of immunotherapy finished, he could finally have a holiday after a year of gruelling surgery and procedures that meant he could not leave the hospital for more than an hour.
The ordeal has spurred the family to give something back to Princess Margaret Hospital.
Bradley's father Steve plans a 20-day hike covering 50km of the Bibbulmun Track each day to raise money for the hospital and cancer research.
"With the dedication of the staff and everything else, we just felt we wanted to give something back to the ward," Mrs Robinson said."If a cure can be found, you don't want people to go through what we have gone through."
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