A Chester family face a race against time to raise the thousands of pounds that will save the life of their little girl.

It is a very likely possibility that Erin Cross, five, will lose her battle with leukaemia if her family can't raise the funds needed to give her lifesaving treatment from the USA in eight weeks time, which has now become her last hope.

The little girl, from Upton, had already completed three years of treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukaemia after she was first diagnosed in 2012.

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But after starting school and coming on leaps and bounds with the progress she was making, Erin relapsed in March this year and has since had to go undergo months of intensive treatment at Alder Hey Children's Hospital.

Her distraught parents Sarah and Antony have been told that chemotherapy alone wouldn't be enough to cure Erin, and her only chance of beating it is a bone marrow transplant.

Erin Cross needs the public's help for treatment to save her life

But to get one, she needs to be in remission and to get her there, Erin's only hope is having Car T Cell therapy which she could only have in the USA - and it needs to be within eight weeks time.

To pay for the treatment, Sarah and Ant started a campaign to raise £100,000, which the Chester community have rallied behind, raising £16,000 already.

Erin Cross has suffered a relapse

But time is now running out, and more needs to be raised to give Erin a fighting chance of survival.

Sarah said: "After talks with the team today, treatment in America is our only option. Erin needs to receive Car T Cells in eight weeks time otherwise we will lose her. Please help save our little girl.

“We hoped and prayed that Erin would just need chemotherapy to beat the disease this time but the only way is a bone marrow transplant.

"It is a huge amount to raise in such a short time but we have to give Erin this chance."

To help Erin, donate at www.gofundme.com/teamerincross.