Diana's dream trip

A dying woman is being sent on a surprise trip of a lifetime thanks to the generosity of friends and strangers

A dying woman is being sent on a surprise trip of a lifetime thanks to the generosity of friends and strangers.Diana Nyamunda, aged 42, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2002, but last year doctors discovered it had spread to her bones.Diana met her husband Tom, aged 43, while working in Zimbabwe for Voluntary Service Overseas, an international development charity and they now have an eight-year-old son, also called Tom.After returning to the country in 2000, she settled in Woodborough Road, Winscombe, where she met her close friend, Coral Winder, while working as a childminder. Coral, aged 52, of The Grove, arranged a trip to Egypt for Diana's family after discovering her son is very fond of archaeology.Tom had been on a visit with his mum to an ancient Egypt exhibition at the British Empire Museum in Bristol where he said: "We'll get to see the real thing one day, won't we mummy?" which made her heart lurch. So Coral set about planning a magnificent journey for the whole family to allow Tom to realise his dream of seeing one of the seven wonders of the world with his whole family. Coral said: "Di had talked to me about places she wanted to take her boys, but when I suggested fund-raising I don't think she took me seriously. Within a week of our conversation I booked the tickets and when I told her she burst into tears and said it was fantastic."A delighted Diana said: "I'm so humbled by people's generosity and so thankful to everyone who has been involved."It is so difficult because I don't want Tom to know his mummy isn't going to be around for much longer but I know I have not got much time left because I know the cancer will spread and it is going to be awful."The family leave on April 30 for their dream holiday which will include a cruise up the Nile River, three nights in Cairo and four nights in Luxor to see the Pyramids. A 'Dance for Di' evening will be held at Shipham Village Hall on March 23 at 7pm to help raise money for her trip to Egypt. There will be a three course meal, band and disco. For more details call Coral Winder on 01934 843055 or Alison Walsh on 844704.

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