Donations flow in from as far away as WA to help Bay family

IF THERE were any doubts about the compassion of the Fraser Coast community they should have been erased with the outpouring of support for Jess Irving and her family.

Donations ranging from $20 to $2000 will be handed over to the family on Tuesday before they move to Melbourne for an urgent lung transplant.

Jess is a bubbly 12-year-old struggling with cystic fibrosis, and her parents Mat and Trina have struggled financially and emotionally with Jess's declining health.

But the community has rallied around the family with donations flowing in.

Envelopes filled with small donations have been dropped into the Chronicle's office along with a cheque for $2000 from the Hervey Bay Lions Club.

Mr Irving was lost for words when told of the community support.

"It's just fantastic," he said.

West Australian resident Pam Hudson has added to the families' donation pool.

Although Ms Hudson lives on the other side of the country, she owns real estate here.

When she lived in New Zealand her own small community helped when her daughter needed a liver transplant at 12 years old.

"I can certainly understand the financial and emotional stress they're going through," she said.

Jessica Irving with her parents Mathew Irving and Trina Noonan at Hervey Bay Hospital.
Jessica Irving with her parents Mathew Irving and Trina Noonan at Hervey Bay Hospital. Contributed

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