Terminal cancer mum’s final Disneyland trip ‘in tatters’ in Thomas Cook collapse

A 24-year-old mum's dream of a final holiday before she succumbs to cancer is in tatters – because she booked her crowd-funded trip through Thomas Cook.

Charlotte Cooper, who suffers from stage four skin cancer, was due to take her five-year-old Delilah away to Disneyland Paris, on what is likely to be their last holiday together.

But her dream, which was paid for by kindly strangers, was left in tatters after Thomas Cook went into liquidation.

Charlotte, from Medway, Kent, is getting worse and she needs to use a wheelchair as she cannot walk or stand for long periods of time.

Her mum Elizabeth Farrell said: "Charlotte's uncle Tom Gardner set up the JustGiving page and posted it on his Facebook group Medway Together.

"We got a lot of support from family and friends but there were also people in the community who got involved.

"They managed to raise more than £1,000, we were so grateful, but this makes it so much worse.

"Charlotte has never been abroad before so we don't know the first thing about how to fix this.

"She decided to book through Thomas Cook because they are so renowned, and now we don't know whether we'll be able to go or not.

"We went into the store to book.

"They have to get the Eurostar because Charlotte is now too sick to fly.

"Charlotte contacted Eurostar and they said it would take them a few days to find out.

"Disneyland said the same thing.

"She's spent lots on extra bookings, such as wheelchair access and princess parties for Delilah, to make sure the holiday is as special as possible.

"Charlotte has been really unlucky as she is so young, the melanoma is genetic."

The pair and their aunt were supposed to travel from November 3 and return on November 6.

It is Charlotte's 25th birthday on November 2.

Elizabeth said: "The one saving grace is that this holiday was supposed to be a surprise for Delilah.

"She has no idea and Charlotte was going to do a big reveal on the train."

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