Leah has beaten her target
Emmerdale actress Leah Bracknell has breezed past her fundraising target.
The soap star recently revealed that she had been diagnosed with terminal cancer, and was in need of raising money in order to get treatment that could save her life.
Following a heartbreaking appearance on This Morning, the actress has stormed past her £50,000 target.
After a wave of donations, Leah has so far managed to raise over £60,000 in total to use toward life saving treatments.
The actress, who starred as Zoe Tate for 16 years on the soap , opened up about her brave battle in a new interview last week, and revealed she hasn’t asked doctors how long she has left, as she’s keen to remain positive.
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Now she has revealed the difficult decision she faced when telling her daughters Lily, 25, and Maya, 21, about her illness.
“Any mother will know how I felt,” she told the Daily Mail .
“It’s the worst thing you can imagine having to tell those closest to you, something like this . . . trying to find the words. It’s the worst thing I’ve had to do…"
Leah is keen to stay positive however, and hasn’t asked doctors how long she has left.
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“I haven’t asked and didn’t want to ask. I wasn’t going to give them the power to put that in my mind," she added.
“They told me not to look at the statistics as they said they were years old and involved people a lot older.”
The star admitted she doesn’t want to project a "helpless" image, and instead wants to remain determined to live longer.
It comes after Leah opened up about her battle with terminal cancer during her only TV appearance on This Morning.
The star shared her appreciation for the huge support she’s received with Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield: "I genuinely had no idea, I am completely staggered that people read about it."
Leah Bracknell opened up about the moment she was given her diagnosis The actress told Holly and Phil it came as a "shock" Leah played Zoe Tate for 16 years
She said of her diagnosis: "I did smoke in the past. The lung cancer was quite a shock, I haven’t smoked for decades and decades. Normally people are diagnosed later.
“It came honestly out of the blue. I was vegetarian, I don’t drink that much. I was fit for my age."
Leah told Phil and Holly how she was being optimistic about treatment: "I am terribly optimistic I don’t see any other way. It’s more about what you are leaving behind.
“I remain optimistic, I draw a a lot on my spiritual practise and yoga."
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Her first reaction after hearing about her terminal diagnosis: "My response was anger…
"In a way it was quite good it gave me a… I wanted to get on with it. This is my life I wanted to take control.
"Everybody dies. It is about taking control as mch as you can after the diagnosis.
“I went out for a slow walk.. Lunch. I just thought, my partner I sort of said we could sit here crying and worrying and I said lets go out and it’s a really nice day."
The actress is staying positive
Leah, 52, had earlier in the week shared with her fans what the money will help towards: "Having reached my initial target means I will be able to have the first stage of the treatment.
“Depending on how I respond will determine the way forward and therefore we shall be continuing with the fundraising campaign.
“We pledge that any surplus donations will be given to other campaigns/charities to help those facing the same struggle.
“Right now, I feel strong, positive and (am) looking forward to the future.”
Her former co-stars have been rallying around her itv Leah has since become a yoga teacher
The NHS is unsure what they can do, she and partner Jez Hughes are planning to use the money raised to be treated at German clinic Hallwang.
The techniques used there are not available on the NHS but it is claimed the methods have put “incurable” cancers into remission.
The mother-of-two, whose real name is Alison and is known to her family as Ali, has been working as a yoga instructor in recent years since leaving the soap in 2006.
Five weeks ago she had an emergency procedure to remove excess fluid from around her heart but was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer .
She said that her priority is ‘getting well and strong’ to be a ‘good mother, daughter, wife, or at least the best I can be’ and that she wants to ‘defy expectation’.