Our girl has ‘days to live’ and we can’t afford to heat our home

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Anastasia Hazell, seven, was diagnosed with an incurable brain tumour last March and given just one year to live. But mum Alexandra and dad James, both 35, are struggling due to the cost-of-living crisis.

Alexandra said: “Our heating’s gone off twice and we’ve run out of oil.

“We just want to spend time with her but all my time is spent worrying about this.”

Anastasia, who has a diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma, or DIPG, cannot speak or walk and has to eat through a tube.

She is being cared for at home, with visits by nurses, as her parents wanted the family to be together rather than having their daughter in hospital.

Her parents also have son Ryker, three, at home in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk.

Alexandra, a support worker, said: “Anastasia is getting near the end and we’re still having to rattle around for money.

“It got so bad we were all camped in her room with a wood burner. We haven’t been able to give her a warm bath or shower sometimes.

“We put away £1,000 for last Christmas but that was eaten up beforehand by food and heating costs.”

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