JOURNAL readers have dug deep to give brave toddler Paige Williams her dream Disney holiday.
A massive fundraising drive has been inspired by the three-year-old from Prestatyn who has been given just months to live by doctors after she was diagnosed with a severe brain tumour.
After reading about her parents’ plight to take Paige on a dream trip to Disneyland in Florida, scores of kind-hearted readers have vowed to help out.
Mum Rebecca and dad Michael Rider have said they are overwhelmed with the support.
Mike Walsh, former owner of Dyserth-based Anglia insurance repairs business, donated £3,000 to the cause, while fundraisers at Tiny Tots nursery in Prestatyn have collected a further £1,000 for their abseil next month.
A Disney-themed family fun day is to be held at Rhyl’s Coronation Gardens on July 14.
Organiser Jeanette Barlow of Kinmel Bay said: “This is a community event to bring people together.
“Everybody has been moved by Paige’s story. We are doing it for the children and to help Paige.
“We are going to have a picnic with blankets laid out.
This shows that Rhyl and the surrounding areas are a close and caring community.”
Paige has undergone weeks of gruelling radiotherapy and is still feeling the effects.
Rebecca, aged 22, said: “Paige is really tired at the moment after her treatment.
“The trip looks like it is going to happen now. We did not think people would want to do so much to help.
We are really grateful for the response. It has been overwhelming.
“We want to thank everybody who has donated money and time. It has really touched people’s hearts.
“Paige just keeps asking to see Mickey Mouse.”
Rebecca said funds left over after the trip will be donated to a charity with the family expected to take the holiday in August or September.
Prestatyn-based Party Animals North Wales has offered to send Minnie and Mickey Mouse characters to see Paige accompanied by a special present.
Youngsters in Rhyl have also been selling cakes to raise money for the toddler.
Claire Pepper, owner of Salon 77 on Coast Road, said she was donating £200.
She said: “I decided I wanted to help. I have a three-year old boy. It was heartbreaking. I decided I would do whatever I can.”
As well as collecting from customers, salon staff provided treatments for free on Monday with all money going to Paige’s fund.
Anyone who would like donate can contact Tiny Tots on 01745 856683.