AN APPEAL to help ex-combat medic Katrina Brown raise £100,000 for lifesaving treatment was boosted this week by an anonymous donor and an army of cake fans.

Fellow wives at 29 Regt, South Cerney managed to raise more than £800 with a cake sale even though it was only accessible for people living or working at the base.

Meanwhile a generous Tetbury resident stunned staff at our Dyer Street offices by sending in a donation of £500.

The 30-year-old’s story is also being circulated among former army medics around the world and offers are coming in from people willing to organise events or raise sponsorship to take on challenges in her name, from a tea dance in Lincoln to a brave Iron Man competitor.

Katrina who was told she had been exposed to depleted uranium when she served at a base in Iraq, was diagnosed with systemic sclerosis three years ago and has until November to raise the money needed to pay for stem cell treatment in America. It is not available on the NHS.

She only realised recently that there was a treatment when she spoke online to patients in the US. Donations can be sent to the Newsquest Katrina Appeal, Wilts and Glos Standard, 74 Dyer Street, Cirencester, GL7 2PW.