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Saturday, 22 November 2014

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Cumbrian girl's family complete journey she couldn’t make

The family of inspirational Egremont teenager Danica Maxwell, who lost her fight against brain tumours, will meet her idols.

Maxwell family photo
Allison, Devon and John Maxwell

Danica’s mum Allison, dad John and 15-year-old brother Devon will make a poignant trip to Newcastle to watch boyband The Wanted in concert before a meet and greet session.

Danica, who died just over three years ago at the age of 15, had met the group while she was in hospital in Newcastle after undergoing treatment for three brain tumours.

She was due to meet them for a second time and watch them perform but her health deteriorated on the drive to the gig so she was forced to turn around.

Unfortunately Danica never got another chance.

Dad John said: “It will be an emotional time for us when we go.

“Danica’s favourite group was The Wanted. They came to see her in hospital when she was really poorly.

“We got tickets to go to see them and got halfway to Newcastle but Danica took really ill.”

On March 22 when the family head to the concert, John will be taking photographs of Danica to see if the band members remember his brave daughter.

One of Danica’s wishes before she lost her life in December 2010 was to help others with a dream fund – and that’s what her family did.

Since it was set up in her memory, Danica’s Dream Fund has raised around £36,000 which is used to support families with very sick and ill children.

And due to the fund’s soaring success, it has now established charity status.

John said if Danica was still here, she would have been “chuffed to bits” with its success.

“We are amazed at how successful Danica’s Dream Fund is. We knew it would take off but not like it has. It’s overwhelming,” he added.

To raise awareness of the fund, family friend Mark Andrews has been sending charity wrist bands to a host of celebrities from film, television, music and sport.

Celebrities – including comedian John Bishop, Coronation Street star Julie Hesmondhalgh, cricketer Darren Gough and Dame Kelly Homes – then photograph themselves wearing the bands which feature on the Danica’s Dream Fund Facebook page.

Bands have recently been sent to Geordie duo Ant and Dec, and John is planning to take some with him when he meets The Wanted.

Over the past few years friends, family, former school-mates and teachers have carried out a variety of sponsored walks, prize bingos, a dance show, Coast-to-Coast bike ride and a New Year’s Eve sea dip to boost Danica’s funds.

More events are in the pipeline.

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