The four children of a single Scots mum who died one week after her chemotherapy was due to start are facing their first Christmas without her.
Mum Vikki Robbins, from Fife, died from lung cancer just two months after her shocking diagnosis leaving loved ones heartbroken.
Her children, twins Alana and Rebecca Mason, 17, their sister Emma Tasker, 13, and brother Robbie Tasker, 10, lost their mum on Monday, November 30.
Vikki had planned to start chemotherapy on November 23 but became too ill to begin her treatment.
She tragically passed away days after being admitted to hospital, leaving her kids to ring in their first Christmas without 'the best mum ever'.
The 38-year-old had suffered pain from the start of the year but put off seeing a doctor because she didn't think it was serious.
It wasn't until she began to suffer a stabbing back pain that a tumour was found on her lung.
Her four children are now staying with gran Liz Robbins who is being helped by Vikki’s devastated sister Caroline Robbins, 40.
Caroline said: "She was only diagnosed two months ago, we thought we had years not months.
“She was supposed to start chemo last week but her condition had just deteriorated so fast.
“She had been ill since the start of the year but put it down to aches and pains.
“She eventually went to hospital because of a really bad back pain which turned out to be a large tumour on her lung.
“She went into hospital on Thursday and then passed away Monday.
“The cancer had just spread too much too fast.”
The community has rallied round the children by raising thousands of pounds in the hope of bringing them some happiness this Christmas.
A fundraiser set up by family friend Catherine Sala-Murray has already collected more than ££3,650.
She launched the JustGiving page through her charity Kats Mission which aims to ‘Support the voices that nobody hears’.
It was originally set up to buy the children a Nintendo Switch but the family now hope to use the funds to split the costs between paying for the funeral and giving Vikki's four kids the best Christmas possible.
Catherine, 47, said she had been overwhelmed by the generosity shown.
She said:“ We just want to give the kids as normal a Christmas as possible, we usually all pull together during these times.
“We are doing as well as can be expected right now, we are a good family and with each other all the time.
“I don’t know if you can begin to say how amazing Vikki was, she was really so strong."
“Everyone has just really come together at his horrendous time, It’s really awful for those poor kids.
She added: “The family were so close and she was the best mum, she was never without her kids they were her main priority.
“The children are really a testament to who she was, they are so great.
“Initially I thought I could raise enough for an Nintendo switch because the wee boy Robbie is really good pals with my nephew Joe and so I knew he had wanted one.
“When I woke up and realised the page had raised thousands of pounds I couldn't believe it.
“I’m giving it to them to do with how they see fit so on the funeral, or Christmas, or whatever they need right now."
You can donate to help the family here.