MORE support has come in for the family of 16-month Poppy-Mai Barnard, who is stricken with a rare cancer.
Among the fundraising activities is a specially written and recorded song by Blackburn bus driver Graham Cregg, who rushed into the studio to record it earlier this week after being ‘overwhelmed’ by the little girl’s plight.
Poppy-Mai, from Infirmary, Blackburn, became ill last month and her condition has since deteriorated rapidly.
Her parents, Sammi and Andrew Barnard say doctors have told them their ‘angel’ has just days to live after being diagnosed with cancer just six weeks ago.
They have since thanked the public of East Lancashire and further afield for their ‘overwhelming support’.
Graham, 49, from Intack, who works on routes throughout East Lancashire for Transdev, has a burgeoning reputation as a singer-songwriter.
He was shown 'The Journal of Poppy-Mai' on Facebook by his wife, Karen, on Monday and immediately wrote a heart-rending song about her.
He said: “Hundreds of ordinary folk, not just in Blackburn but all over the world, have been moved by the bravery of Poppy-Mai and her wonderful family.
"The words to the song just flowed out and I went in to record it the following day at Bakehouse Studios in Accrington.
“I hope it will raise a few pounds for the charities her family are supporting and maybe it could be played at some of the many events that are being planned to honour and support this brave little girl.”
Graham’s song is available to download for a suggested donation of £1 from seniorsounds.com.
Poppy Mai’s family, from Blackburn but living in Norfolk due to Andrew’s RAF, service, had another surprise yesterday. An Eddie Stobart truck, named after and with a livery painted with Poppy-Mai’s name visited their home and her brothers, Rylee and Jensen, were able to sit in the cab.