Home | News | Mum slammed for a fundraising appeal to take her kids to Disney World has smashed her £5,000 target after defying trolls to relaunch page
Picture of Melbourne mall rampage suspect 'who mowed down and killed four people'
Ariana Grande’s heartbreak after 19 people killed and at least 59 injured at her Manchester Arena gig

Mum slammed for a fundraising appeal to take her kids to Disney World has smashed her £5,000 target after defying trolls to relaunch page


Nikki Smith, 33, was forced to take down her original JustGiving page after a barrage of abuse

A MUM who was slammed for a fundraising appeal to take her kids to Disney World has smashed her £5,000 target after defying the trolls to relaunch the page.

Nikki Smith, 33, was forced to take her original GoFundMe request down after a barrage of abuse.

Nikki Smith said she never meant to upset anyone and only wanted to reward her children
Nikki Smith said she never meant to upset anyone and only wanted to reward her children
The crowdfunding page asked for £5,000 for a family Disney World holiday
The crowdfunding page asked for £5,000 to fund the Disney World holiday trip

The NHS worker, from Bristol, raised just £10 in her first appeal to take her daughters to Disney World.

But within a month of relaunching the page she has now reached her initial target of £5,000 after being flooded with more than 120 donations and supportive comments from strangers.

Nikki wrote “Always BELIEVE in MAGIC!!” on her charity page as one anonymous donor left a staggering £2,198 towards her holiday.

Another donor called J Dooley gave £80 and said: “Don’t stress about the haters… hope you make it have a great time.”

Monty Sahay gave £15 and said: “To hell with all the self righteous judgemental haters who are criticizing this mom.

“If my 10-15 bucks can help make some child’s dream come true then I am all for it. Take your girls to Disney and have fun.”

Melinda Beckham, who donated £25, wrote on the page: “I hope you make it! My daughter is now 30 our Disney memories are precious. Wave to Mickey for me!”

By this morning 108 well-wishers had donated a total of £2,207 on Nikki’s relaunched GoFundMe page.


Pro-ISIS group draws list of targets - including Trump and names and addresses of Brits


X-rated pictures of girls taken back to British Army barracks for sex are being shared online


Star of Channel 5's Can't Pay We'll Take It Away has conviction for making vile movie with a dog


Meet the Indian tribe who are STILL rewarded for bringing back heads of their enemies in battle


Your smartphone apps are 'secretly colluding' to spy on you in terrifying detail, researchers warn

Fuelling the fire

Government told us diesel cars were green and cheap, but now ours may cost the family £160 extra A WEEK, say fuming drivers


Cheating couple wheeled through street to hospital 'after boyfriend gets stuck INSIDE married lover' in hotel romp

rout of order

Moment Royal Navy patrol boat chases huge Spanish ship out of British waters off Gibraltar as tensions rise 48 hours after 'war' row


Devil dog owner shouts to his family as he is led to the cells from court after being accused of allowing terrifying bulldog rampage that saw two people bitten in street

up yours senors!

Gibraltar's First Minister backs Sun campaign to keep Spain and EU off Our Rock


Sterilised mum gets partner to rape her daughter, 12, to get her pregnant so they can raise child as their own

TUPAC 'TRUTH revealed'

Tupac murder mystery has finally been solved in new documentary, rap mogul Suge Knight claims


Horrifying images show devastation left when 'suicide bomber' blew himself up killing 14 others in St Petersburg metro carriage

'Why is she smiling so much?'

Brave wife of US tourist killed in Westminster terror attack is targeted by sick trolls


Mum breaks down at High Court as US doctor offering £1.2m treatment for baby Charlie Gard admits his chances are 'vanishingly small' as parents battle to stop life support being turned off


North Korea’s top defector says the only way West can stop Kim Jong-un is to NUKE him


Property where Jo Cox killer Thomas Mair plotted her murder being renovated before going back on sale

the knives are out

Chilling scene of knives stuck in a staircase met by cops on domestic assault call out


Perv snared by paedo hunters after sending barrage of sick texts to '14-year-old girl' then turning up to meet her with a bag of sex toys

Suited and Booted

Austin Reed to cut 1,000 jobs as 116-yr-old men’s store shuts up shop on high street

Nikki, 33, had raised just £10 earlier this month when her appeal went viral and she was forced to pull it from the website.

She was bombarded with abuse and blasted as a “scrounger” and a “beggar”.

One outraged man: “PAY FOR YOUR OWN HOLIDAYS!!!!” and a woman said: “Why should the rest of us scrimp and save !!! For her to scrounge !!!!!”

Shocked Nikki told The Sun Online: “Some of the comments were disgusting.

“People have been comparing me to a homeless beggar and things like that. I’m absolutely traumatised by it all.

“I don’t go on my Facebook any more because all my friends have been sharing it and I’m quite scared about my children going to school and being picked on.”

The part-time hospital carer, of Coalpit Heath, Gloucs, said in her original appeal she wanted to treat her “kind, loving, caring daughters” aged ten and 12.

They are obsessed with Disney but she said it would take her a decade to save enough for the holiday, adding: “Please help me to make my daughters’ dreams come true”.

Later she hit back at the trolls, saying “I never meant to upset anyone”.

The mum said she could never save up for the holiday working part-time
Nikki said she could never save up for the holiday while working part-time
The mum said her daughters often watched videos of families being able to visit Disneyworld in Florida


The mum said her daughters often watched videos of kids being surprised with a trip to Disney World in Florida
Experience Disneyland Paris

She said as she relaunched the appeal: "I was prompted to put my page back up, I feel this to be the only way I can speak out.

“I am not a bad person. I was only thinking of my children and making them happy."

She added: "I have never used GoFundMe before so I should have looked into it more.

"I thought this section of the website was for funding hopes, dreams and wishes, and I believed GoFundMe was a chance to raise money for anything."

She said had the idea after a friend also raised also cash for a holiday, and she had seen other people raising money for boob jobs, cars and holidays.

Nikki wrote: "I love my children and my job. I'm a carer and I haven't been able to get any more hours at work. Nights are not easy to come by, I do try.

"I'm traumatised by the abuse and negativity I have received and only put this back up because a lot of people said I should.

"Online trolls are evil, I haven't hurt anyone and I was only trying to fulfil my children's dreams."

We pay for your stories! Do you have a story for The Sun Online news team? Email us at tips@the-sun.co.uk or call 0207 782 4368


  Article "tagged" as:
No tags for this article
view more articles

About Article Author

Chuka (Webby) Aniemeka
Chuka (Webby) Aniemeka

Chuka is an experienced certified web developer with an extensive background in computer science and 18+ years in web design &development. His previous experience ranges from redesigning existing website to solving complex technical problems with object-oriented programming. Very experienced with Microsoft SQL Server, PHP and advanced JavaScript. He loves to travel and watch movies.

View More Articles