Lily appeals to Standard readers for help with dream trip - The Droitwich Standard

Lily appeals to Standard readers for help with dream trip

Droitwich Editorial 12th Feb, 2015 Updated: 17th Oct, 2016   0

A YOUNG woman with a debilitating life-limiting condition is hoping to raise £1,700 so she can embark on a trip of a lifetime before she is too ill to go.

Lily Hughes, who is 21 and from Droitwich, suffers with the incurable Type 2 Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA).

That means she is wheelchair-bound, unable to be physically independent and recurrently contracts pneumonia which leaves her extremely ill for weeks on end.

It is her life-long ambition to go around Europe with Emily Corden who, as well as her best friend is also her carer, helping her with all the challenges she faces on a daily basis.

The pair are hoping to spend a month going around Holland, Germany, Poland, Switzerland and Austria in July, taking in the history of the countries – a particular love of Lily’s.

After a long time saving, the pair now have the £3,000 needed to pay for the trip and accommodation.

But because of Lily’s disability, the medical insurance she needs will cost her £1,700. That is because, as well as any potential treatment she may need should she become ill abroad, there is also a lot of expensive medical equipment she will have to take with her.

Lily said: “For that to become affordable for me I would have to save for years and there is a danger that, by the time I am in a position to pay for it, my condition could have deteriorated so much that I may be too ill to go.

“While my disability is physically limiting I really want to try and do all the same things other people my age are able to do.

“I really want to go on this trip of a lifetime before it’s too late and any donations anyone can give – even if it is one or two pounds – would be a great help.”

So far £650 has been raised and Lily is hoping Standard readers will help her collect the other £1,000.

Anyone who can contribute to Lily’s fund can do so by visiting or by calling her on 07514 512115.

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