A DYING woman who has less than a year to live has “swallowed her pride” in a bid to make her final wish come true – to visit the Vatican.
Corinne Barber, 41, feared her lifelong dream would be impossible to achieve as she faces a £5000 bill just for medical insurance.
And with her heart condition leaving her too sick to fly, she can only get to Rome by making a marathon trip by boat, rail and road.
But now her last ambition is in sight after thousands of pounds poured into a fundraising pot set up by her brother.
Already donations have flooded in from as far afield as Argentina, while the gaming community has also rallied behind the appeal after hearing her story.
Corinne, from Leith, now has £3000 of the £14,500 needed to make the emotional journey to the home of the Catholic church.
She said: “I need to swallow my pride and ask for your help to make this wish come true.
“When I die I have to leave the man I love behind but I don’t want to go without seeing the most holy site.”
Her big-hearted brother Darren Barber, from North Berwick, launched the fundraising campaign on the GoFundMe website.
The 43-year-old said: “Though devastated by the news, both Corinne and her husband Andrew have faced this with their trademark humour and unshakable faith.
“Corinne has expressed a desire to visit the Vatican before it’s too late as her faith is a strong focus for her – and for Andrew.
“I wanted more than anything to be able to make this happen, but the family simply didn’t have the means so we decided to set up a GoFundMe page to help.
“It’s Corinne’s 42nd birthday next week and this would be the best present we could ever imagine giving her.”
Corinne suffers from a congenital heart disorder so serious that it could kill her at any time.
She required a heart and lung transplant to survive but this is no longer an option and her family has been told she may have between five and 12 months to live.
Darren said: “Both Corinne and Andrew took a great deal of persuading to allow me to pursue this avenue of help as they are private and unassuming people who dislike attention.
“However, we have convinced them that this is the only way for Corinne to achieve her final wish.
“There is no official deadline for the campaign but there are time constraints because of her deteriorating condition which is creating a quiet sense of urgency.”
Andrew had been due to accompany her on the journey but has now withdrawn to give her a better chance of reaching the fundraising target.
GoFundMe provides a platform for people to organise their own campaign to raise money for personal causes.
To make a donation to Corinne’s appeal, go to www.gofundme.com/nvf8q3sk.