The family of a mum-of-three who is battling cancer are once again appealing to the community to pull together and help her receive further treatment in Mexico.

Cheryl Clark, 41, of Cleator Moor, has recently returned from America and Mexico, where she underwent vital treatment.

It was thanks to a public appeal that Cheryl was able to make the £25,000 trip but she now needs to travel back for the second stage and her family hopes people will continue to support her as she needs another £30,000.

Cheryl was diagnosed with Linitis plastica, a rare stomach cancer, in May and her sister Deborah said it had turned their lives “upside down.”

Deborah added: “We decided that Cheryl was going nowhere and that we would fight this together; it’s something that you can’t describe until it happens to you, your family and friends.

“You just feel helpless and the only thing we can do is be there for Cheryl and help her to stay positive and to fight this horrible disease. That’s when friends, family and the community all came together and started fundraising events.”

Fundraising for the first round of treatment started in June and

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included a triathlon, sponsored walks, bingo, cake sales, sports competitions, a head shave, a skydive and a poker night.

Deborah said the family are extremely grateful to everyone who has played their part in Cheryl’s cancer battle so far and hopes they will keep up their generosity.

“We never thought it was possible to raise that much money, but you all proved us wrong,” she added.

“You are all fantastic and were there when we needed your help.”

Cheryl worked as a psychiatric nurse for the local trust at the West Cumberland Hospital for 20 years and is described by her family as “always the life and soul of every party and family occasion.”

A charity night will be held at Whitehaven’s Marchon Club on Saturday with live music from two bands, a duo and a DJ, as well as a tombola and raffle.

Tickets are available from Deborah’s daughter Sophie on 07710299821 or on the door.