Mum who can’t afford heating sobs as kind strangers give thousands for dying daughter


Alexandra Hazell, 35, told how her terminally-ill daughter Anastasia, seven, had to be wrapped in blankets and kept warm with a wood fire at their Norfolk home

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A brave mum has thanked strangers for donating thousands of pounds for her terminally-ill daughter after revealing the family couldn’t heat their home due to the rising cost of living.

Alexandra Hazell, 35, revealed on Wednesday how little Anastasia had to be wrapped in blankets and kept warm with a wood fire.

Her devastating story has inspired generous well-wishers to give more than £5,000 in just a few hours to support the seven-year-old’s final moments at their home village near Great Yarmouth, Norfolk.

Their fund raiser has jumped to nearly £8k with further donations still pouring in for the youngster.

Anastasia was given just 12 months to live when she was diagnosed with an aggressive and incurable DIPG brain tumor last March.

Speaking through tears, Alexandra said: “It’s really overwhelming. People have been amazing and so helpful. It’s been the worst year of our lives but also the best because we’ve had this incredible support.”







Alexandra Hazell, 35, and her seven-year-old daughter Anastasia
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The fundraising page entitled ‘Anastasia’s legacy’ now has more than £7,800 – more than half of the family’s target.

Alexandra said the “Easter bunny” will use a portion of the funds to buy gifts for Anastasia, including her favorite Lush bath products which she “loves the scent of”.

She said the money will also go towards keeping the family’s heating running after they’ve already run out of oil twice this year.







Anastasia Hazell was diagnosed with an incurable high grade tumor
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Well-wishers who donated to the page left emotional messages for the family.

Helen Cullip said: “Your story moved me to tears. You are all so brave.

“Just a little, but hoping collectively that between us all we can make your beautiful little girl’s final days here as comfortable and warm as can be xxx”

Katie Kinnes wrote: “Wishing your family all the best with the challenges you face.







Alexandra and husband James, 35, with Anastasia and three-year-old son Ryker
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“What a beautiful and strong daughter you have and what a lovely legacy you are setting up to ensure she is never forgotten. x”

Robena Sharif addressed little Anastasia directly, writing: “You are so beautiful I hope your family have very good memories with you.

“Ur so gorgeous I can’t imagine what your mum and dad are going through wish u all the best sweetie.”







Anastasia was given just one year to live after her crushing diagnosis
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Alexandra has told how the family’s heating bill had risen from £400 during lockdown to £530 last month.

In February, they ran out of heating for three days until they managed to find the money to pay for an oil delivery.

Alexandra said her daughter’s lips “turned blue” as the family huddled in her room to keep warm with a wood burner and blankets.







Alexandra has been struggling to keep the heating on at their home near Great Yarmouth, Norfolk
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She said: “We didn’t have heating for three days. Anastasia’s lips were turning blue. It was really scary. The nurses were panicking about her.

“We ran out of heating because we had to use more showers and baths, and were trying to keep the house warm during the cold snap in February.

“It’s not like our house is warm all the time. We’re wearing jumpers and everything. We have a Nest energy monitor to make sure we’re using the smallest amount of energy possible.”







The tearful mum thanked strangers for donating thousands of pounds for her daughter
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Alexandra also said their groceries bill had doubled in price since last year, with the family’s weekly shop going from £70 to around £140.

The mum has set up a charity in Anastasia’s name called Hope House Hazells, which supports children with special needs and their families.

Alexandra said: “We’re going to help other children down the line in her name.







A charity has been set up in Anastasia’s name
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“I think she’s really happy knowing she can help other people. This little girl has shown us so much bravery and we want to carry that on.”

The GoFundMe page can be found here.

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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