One Direction superstar Zayn Malik was so touched by the tragic plight of a tot battling cancer he has donated a huge sum to help find a cure.
Five-year-old Caitlin Robinson is battling neuroblastoma, which can prove deadly in children.
Little Caitlin has already had gruelling radiactive therapy but her most recent scans show the cancer has spread and her mum is now desperate to try pioneering treatment in Barcelona.
Not available on the NHS, the treatment could cost up to £150,000 and her desperate mum, Helen, has launched a fundraising appeal so she can get her daughter to the Spanish hospital as soon as possible.
And despite having no connection to Pillowtalk singer Zayn, single mum Helen was overwhelmed when he donated a massive £10,000 to the appeal.
Helen said: "I don’t even know how to thank him, I am overwhelmed."
GoFundMe has confirmed the former One Directioner was the one to make the donation although Zayn himself has declined to comment.
Just two weeks after Caitlin was diagnosed with cancer, Helen found out she was pregnant with her second child, Skyla.
Heartbreakingly, the mother and daughter had to be kept apart while Caitlin had her radicactive treatment.
But Caitlin stayed strong and smiling throughout the separation – knowing that she would soon have a new sibling.
Her little sister was born on December 28 last year and the pair have been inseparable since.
Helen, 24, from Burnley, Lancashire, said: "It has been a rollercoaster of emotions.
"Caitlin’s diagnosis was devastating and then just a fortnight later, I found out I was expecting again.
"It wasn’t planned but it gave us both a focus and something to look forward to, especially when Caitlin was isolated all through the radioactive treatment and I couldn’t visit her.
"She has been so brave and is an amazing little girl. I have to rise the funds for this new treatment because without them, she will die.
"I can’t bear the thought that Skyla might not even grow up with her. They adore each other."
Caitlin was a happy, healthy, little girl, who loved playing on her bike and kicking a football.
But in May 2018, Helen noticed a bruise near to her eye.
She said: "They said it could be her eye growing, but the bruise didn’t fade so I took her back. I knew something was not right.
"Even though she was well in herself, I had a mother’s instinct."
For the next nine months Helen was back and forth from her GP, and then Caitlin also developed a bruise on her back.
Tests in March 2019 at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital showed she was suffering from Stage 4 neuroblastoma.
The cancer had already spread to her bone marrow and she began 40 urgent rounds of chemotherapy.
The Helen found out she was expecting her second child.
She said: "It was a big shock and obviously I was out of my mind with worry about Caitlin.
"But I couldn’t help being excited, I had always wanted another child and Caitlin had been asking for a new baby, so it felt as though her wishes were coming true.
"When I told her, she was absolutely thrilled, and the pregnancy gave her a focus all through the chemo."
Caitlin then underwent (MIBG), meta-iodobenzylguanidine, therapy.
Helen said: "I wasn’t allowed near her because of the pregnancy and so my mum, Shirley, looked after her.
"They share a close bond, but it was really hard not to be able to cuddle her for three long weeks.
"We kept in touch over the iPad and Caitlin was so brave. I took my strength from her."
Baby Skyla was born just three days after Christmas and is doing well.
Helen said: "Caitlin adores her. Skyla has given us both a real boost."
But after scans showed the Caitlin's cancer was spreading, Helen is doing everything she can to raise enough money to take her daughter to SJD Barcelona Children's Hospital in Spain.
It is one of only a few hospitals which offers anti-GD2 immunotherapy treatment.
The treatment increases survival in patients with high-risk neuroblastoma.
Helen said: "I am determined to raise the money, but as a single mum with two small children I just don’t have it.
“I would like to get her to Barcelona this week, if I could. Without the treatment she will die. I can’t let that happen.
"It’s heartbreaking that my child’s survival comes down to money and it shouldn’t be like that.
"I just hope that people will help. I am so thankful to Zayn and to everyone who is helping."
Caitlin's fundraising has now raised £13,500 thanks to Zayn's huge donation. It you can help, click here .
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