A three-year-old girl with an inoperable brain tumour will achieve her dream of meeting Disney princesses at the end of this month, with the help of her caring school friends.

Arabella Kelly and her parents are looking forward to a well-deserved holiday of a lifetime following a devastating year, which saw the little Workington pupil diagnosed with an extremely rare brain tumour.

Parents Jessica Blacklock and Dean Kelly have been “overwhelmed with support”, with thousands being raised to send Arabella to meet her beloved princesses at Disneyland – especially her favourite, Cinderella.

And Arabella’s Beckstone Primary School friends wanted to lend a helping hand in getting her there, and raised an amazing £1,055 for her charity, Arry’s Army, with a coffee morning that they organised themselves, with the help of higher level teaching assistant Elaine Chambers.

Year six pupil Neve Stevens said: “We chose to raise money for Arabella’s fund, and we brought in cakes, and organised all the games and stalls, and prizes as well.

“We’re all really happy we’ve raised so much for her. It’s nice to know we’re helping someone, and that we’re making her dreams come true.”

With the school’s contribution, fundraisers for Arabella’s trip have raised more than £34,000, and Jessica and Dean couldn’t be more grateful.

“It’s overwhelming how much people who we’ve never met in our lives care so much,” Dean said.

Jessica added: “The support really keeps us going. We just try to keep busy and keep our minds focused on other things, and we’re so grateful and thankful to the school and everyone who’s raised money for her.”

While the school holds a Macmillan coffee morning each year, staff and pupils made the decision to raise money for Arabella instead, and Mrs Chambers was thrilled with their decision.

“I’m just so proud of them all,” she said through tears. “It’s all quite emotional! Jessica’s a former pupil of the school, so it’s really touched us all.”

Others who have raised money for Arabella’s dream holiday include Eat Train Gym, Unite at Sellafield, Distington Rugby club, Workington Pool League, Argo Fitness, Trainrite and Etch Twenty Eight, as well as her mum Jessica, who has raised £4,000 for the Brain Tumour Charity, in the hopes they will find a way to help her little girl.

And Beckstone school’s head teacher David Warbrick is proud of his pupils for getting involved.

“Any charity event the school holds gets a huge amount of support, but the fact the children came up with the idea themselves is very heartwarming and rewarding to see,” he said.

“It’s a cause close to our hearts, and it’s so good to see the children getting involved with community building, and showing support and respect.”

Thanks to the kindness of all those who know her, and even those who don’t, Arabella will be heading to Disneyland at the end of this month, and will live her dream of meeting the princesses.