Terminally ill Mansfield bride ‘overwhelmed’ by generosity of community

Leanna Cox partner William Boulton and daughter Kelsa Mae Boulton
Leanna Cox partner William Boulton and daughter Kelsa Mae Boulton

A terminally ill Mansfield mum Leanna Cox has been ‘overwhelmed’ by the generosity of the community offering to help make her dream wedding a reality.

The 29-year-old and her partner William Boulton found out she had cancer just months before they were due to be married in 2012, and since then she had fought a tough battle against Hodkins Lymphoma.

But doctors told her the illness is terminal. FOR MORE ON THIS STORY CLICK HERE

The couple, of Lord Street, are determined to get married and asked for help with the costs as William has had to reduce his shifts at work to help care for her.

Since featuring the plea in Chad, the pair have been inundated with offers from kind hearted local shops and businesses to help.

Leanna said: “There has been no end of responses, it’s just incredible.

“I’m just overwhelmed by it all, I really am.

“I cried all day yesterday thinking how kind people have been.”

A fundraising page she set up has quickly accumulated more than £1,500 in donations.

She said; “When I went to bed on Tuesday night I had raised around £200, now it has over £1,500. It’s just amazing. I’m so excited for the wedding.”

William said he was equally as grateful.

He added: “We are just so shocked by it all. People are so generous and we can’t thank them enough. We never though this would happen.”

A fund has been set up to help Leanna and William reach their target and donation can be made at www.gofundme.com/ii9iaw, CLICK HERE TO DONATE