THOUSANDS of pounds have been raised for an ‘inspirational woman’ who defied the odds after being given a 20 per cent chance to live.

Cher Little, of Connah’s Quay, took ill last year and was admitted to the Countess of Chester Hospital on October 7 where she was put straight into an induced coma.

After rapidly deteriorating, Cher, who works for Flint company Nice-Pak, was on multiple life support machines and remained in the coma for three weeks fighting for her life.

The 46-year-old was diagnosed with meningococcal Septicaemia and had multiple organ failure and her chances of survival were 20% at best.

Against all the odds and ‘being the fighter she is’, Cher survived, however remains in hospital away from her family.

Sister Sian Lloyd told the Leader: “Due to Covid restrictions neither of her children or her partner of 29 years Mark Rowlands, were allowed in to see her. Cher is a mother to Georgia Rowlands aged 22, and Ryan Rowlands aged 18. The family were extremely distraught as none of us were able to go and be by her side.

“Cher battled daily and the family were told that the hospital was doing all they could, and now they needed Cher to fight with everything she had to get through the coming days, as she was hour by hour critical. Cher then caught Pneumonia, and then Covid, so things were not looking hopeful at this time.

Cher with her daughter Georgia

Cher with her daughter Georgia

“After three weeks she was eventually woken up out of her coma, and the family were allowed to Facetime her, which was the best feeling ever. She was then moved onto a ward and remained in the hospital for a further two months, she was allowed to spend Christmas with her family and was released temporarily on Christmas eve for four weeks.

“She then had to return back in the hope of the doctors managing to save her feet, but it wasn’t to be.”

Unfortunately, Cher suffered extensive damage to her hands and feet and despite managing to save her hands, doctors had no option but to amputate both of her legs below the knee last week.

She has also lost her spleen, her kidneys have been extremely compromised and is in constant pain.

Cher’s sister said she has a ‘long road to recovery’, but set up a fundraising page in a bid to make that recovery a little easier.

She added: “Cher is recovering now in the hospital and will start physio to learn how to adapt to her new way of life, and eventually the goal is to get her walking again on Prosthetic legs.

“During these difficult times, I felt so helpless, as I felt I will always be there for her and the children, but I didn’t feel like I was actually doing anything to help them. So with a lot of persuasion I managed to get Cher and Mark on board for me to run the Go Fund Me page.

“It had a snowball effect and just kept increasing rapidly, within four hours I had secured £15,000, and this figure is still growing today.

“I wanted to raise money to get help towards adapting their family home, to make it fully accessible for Cher, and with Cher being as popular as she is, the community has really pulled together to help us to do this.

Cher with partner Mark Rowlands and son Ryan

Cher with partner Mark Rowlands and son Ryan

“I cannot express just how thankful I am to each and every person who has pledged help, donated money, offered to do fund raising events, raffles and shown my Sister just how loved she is. My Facebook post had over 2.9k shares.

“Please continue to pledge your support and let’s give Cher the best help possible, then she can focus on re-building her life and getting back to enjoying life.

“We currently have the GoFundMe page, but if any Companies or Tradesmen would like to donate equipment or help with any of the work that adapting the house would require, then please feel free to contact me or Mark on our Facebook Pages.”

Anyone wishing to donate can do so online at