Mrs. Corinne Barber, aged 42, from Leith, Edinburgh was diagnosed a heart disorder. She is said to have only five to 12 months left to live. She made a last wish which was to be able to go to Rome and as well get to see be in an audience with the Pope.
Her brother, Darren Barber in collaboration with the rest of her family members set up a GoFundMe fundraising page entitled “Help with Corinne’s Final Wish” in September this year. And fortunately enough the page appealed enough to many including the support of the Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh. At the end Corinne’s family were able to raise £9000 for Corinne’s trip.
Mrs. Corinne Barber and her mother Mrs. Irene Barber will be leaving for the trip to Rome on train while Corinne’s husband Andrew and Corinne’s twin sister will be joining them later via flight at Rome. Corinne had already departed for Rome last Saturday and is expected to have an audience with Pope Francis during her two-week pilgrimage.
“We are thrilled that Corinne is finally able to make her pilgrimage to Rome and we will now make sure that she is at next week’s audience with Pope Francis. We also hope to arrange a private tour of the Vatican for Corrine including the Sistine Chapel. It’s the very least we can do to help.” Said Archbishop Leo Cushley
“I am absolutely ecstatic that we are finally in a position to make this happen. We have been overwhelmed by the generosity shown by people who have supported our GoFundMe campaign and Corinne has been elated by the way people have connected with her. We have received hundreds of donations and messages of support and have been thrilled to have received such encouragement from the Archbishop and Metropolitan of St Andrews & Edinburgh who have very generously covered the insurance costs of the trip” Corinne’s brother Darren Barber said.
“I can’t believe that this is really happening. I’m both incredibly excited and quite nervous. The effort involved in getting there is significant but I am looking forward to the experience once we’re there. Visiting the many historical sites, tying it all into both my academic work and my faith, to see it all in the flesh, so to speak. With the opportunity of being able to meet the Pope it promises to truly be a spiritual journey of a lifetime. I am truly humbled by this whole experience and very, very grateful to everyone who helped to make this a reality.” Mrs. Corinne Barber said