THE family of a terminally ill Barrhead woman are appealing for help to make her dream of a final family holiday a reality.

Margaret McKinnon, 63, has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and may have less than a year to live, but all she wants is to see Blackpool Illuminations with her family.

Her daughter Angela Watt, of Oakbank Drive, explained: “In March we were told we only had about 12 to 16 months with her, but since then she’s gone downhill quite fast.

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“She’s told us all she wants is to take the kids to see the lights at Blackpool. Every year we go on holiday together, but we’ve never seen the Blackpool Illuminations as a family.

“I thought of making the fundraiser so we could try to get some help. We don’t have a lot of money and we need help just to have enough to get away.

“We don’t know how much time we have with her and it’s all she’s asked for.”

Margaret is well known in the town. On top of raising a family, she worked in the Barrhead Kid Leather Company for years as well as Lep International in Blackbyres Road, before joining Matalan.

With her husband John she raised two children, John and Angela, and has three grandchildren, Ashleigh, Sean and Jakson. Last year, she became a great-grandmother with the arrival of baby Caleb.

Angela said: “I really want to do this last wee thing with her so she gets a few days with the kids around her. 

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“Blackpool is a place we’ve gone to a lot for family holidays, but we always went in the summertime so we’d get the nice weather, but the kids have never seen the lights. 

“She was obviously thinking about that and how she’d like to see it with them.

“It is a special place. It’s where we made a lot of great memories together and I think that’s one of the reasons she wants to go back.”

So far, the family have received over £500 through the JustGiving page, but need a bit more to make the trip a reality.

Angela said: “My mum’s been over the moon with the response. She was in tears when we told her what we were trying to do. It would mean the world to make this happen for her.”

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