A MOTHER of a girl who has been diagnosed with a rare cancer is trying to raise £150,000 to pay for trial treatment in Barcelona.

Helen Robinson was devastated when her daughter, Caitlin, was diagnosed with advanced neuroblastoma in April.

The five-year-old girl, from Burnley, had four rounds of chemotherapy only to be told the treatment had not worked.

The mum-of-two has now set up a gofundme page to cover a portion of the costs to take part in trial treatment in the Spanish city – and she has received help from a pop superstar.

The fundraising page has already raised just over £12,000 – with former One Direction singer Zayn Malik donating £10,000 towards the cause, according to the Gofundme page.

Miss Robinson said: “It started when Caitlin got a bruise on her eye.

“After several trips back and forth from the doctors, I noticed another bruise on her back. After that we were taken to Royal Blackburn Hospital and then sent to Manchester Children’s Hospital.

“We were told then it was neuroblastoma.

“She went straight on chemotherapy but it’s not worked.

“Doctors have told me there is a trial treatment here in the UK and if that doesn’t work there’s a trial in Barcelona.

“I’ve been told by other mums with neuroblastoma the UK one doesn’t work but the Barcelona one has worked in the past.

“I need to get her there, I don’t want my girl to die.”

Miss Robinson said she had just discovered she was pregnant with her second child, Skyla, when Caitlin was diagnosed.

Miss Robinson said her daughter has started developing lumps on her head and fears she does not have a lot of time to get the money raised.

She said: “She’s been so brave during this, she’s not complained about going to the hospital.

“She didn’t even complain when her hair started falling out.

“She had beautiful hair, it was all the way down her back and when the chemo started it started going knotted and falling out, that was really hard for me.

“My youngest daughter Skyla, who is only three weeks old, goes to the hospital now with us and she’s great.

“At one point when I was pregnant I wasn’t allowed to go see Caitlin because of the radiation risk, so I couldn’t see her for a few weeks. That was so hard.”

On seeing the large donation seemingly from pop star Zayn, Miss Robinson said: “I couldn’t believe it when I woke up and saw Zayn had donated the money - if it’s the real one then it shows that the page has reached America.

Lancashire Telegraph:

“I’ve only had the page up a few days and it’s done really well so far. I’m doing all I can now to get her to Barcelona, we’ve had a few fundraisers lined up and people have already been so generous.”

To donate, visit gofundme.com and search ‘Save Caitlin’.