A Benidorm barmaid was struck down with cancer and separated from her son – and now requires £15,000 to get home.

Laura Boon, from Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, moved to Spain in 2012 but had been “wanting to come home for a while”.

In January, she was diagnosed with cervical cancer and has been in an Alicante hospital in southern Spain since August.

Her son, Memphis, has been living with grandparents back in Stoke-on-Trent since July after his mum's condition worsened, Stoke-on-Trent Live reports.

The family now need £15,000 for a specialist plane staffed by a medical crew to get her home, and a GoFundMe page has so far raised more than £5,000.

Mum Jane Boon said: “She had been wanting to come home for a while because she missed family and her friends at home.

Laura pictured with her dad Ian and sister Louisa

"Having a little boy changed things for her in Spain. She had been thinking about it for a couple of years but when she knew she was poorly she wanted to do it even more.

“All she wants to do is come home, even though she is quite ill.

“Laura so desperately wants to come home and she hasn’t seen Memphis since July. She wants to fight this because she has got a little boy.

“It’s terrible to see her go through this. She has always been so fit and healthy and enjoying life. She adores her little boy...he knows what is going on and it does upset him.

Laura's friend Sammy-Jo Rothwell has set up a GoFundMe page to help get her home

“He has been so good and has started back at school and is doing well but he just wants to see his mum.

“It would mean everything to have her back. She is still my baby and her little boy needs her. She has got all the family support and so many friends.

“She is sedated at the moment to make her comfortable. A friend of hers bought her a canvas of her and Memphis and she has got it at her bedside, she looks at him and her eyes fill with tears.

“We’ve worked since we left school and college. We’ve saved and given the children what we can. I haven't got a bottomless pit of money. All of this has taken its toll on us financially. Sometimes you feel like you need a bit of help.”

Her son, Memphis, has been living with grandparents back in Stoke-on-Trent since July

Long-term friend Sammy-Jo Rothwell started the GoFundme page.

The 27-year-old student nurse said: “Up until January she was so healthy and then just got struck down by it. It breaks my heart.

“Even though she lived in Spain we still made the effort to see each other and talk all the time. She is over there right now and I can’t help her.

“I’d give anything to hug her. For the last few weeks a lot of us have had to deal with the fact that we might not be able to again, it’s heartbreaking.”

The family now need £15,000 for a specialist plane staffed by a medical crew

Laura remained unconscious throughout her 26th birthday on Saturday.

Sammy-Jo added: “It would mean everything to me, her family and her little boy to get her back. It’s a hard thing to process that at just 26 years old you have to think of somebody’s life-ending.

“We need to know that we are doing everything we can. We can’t just sit around and feel helpless. We have already contacted the private company that will fly her over and we know they can get it done as soon as we have the money.

“I’ve been crying my eyes out because people have been donating generously. We are all incredibly overwhelmed.”

To support the online appeal, click here.