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Mum-of-two tried to crowdfund $8000 to go to Disney World. It didn't go down well.

A mum from the UK who set up a GoFundMe page in order to take her two young children to Disney World has responded to the backlash she received.

Nikki Smith, of Bristol, was looking to raise more than $8,000 through the platform to be able to take her daughters aged 12 and 10 on the overseas holiday.

Soon after the mum-of-two made the plea it had been shared more than 18,000 times on Facebook but with donations hitting just $16. Smith then deleted it upon the story hitting UK headlines.

Now, the 33-year-old responded to the criticism by re-launching a GoFundMe page on the platform, and defending her intentions, despite telling The Sun earlier that week that it was “a bad idea”.

“After the worst time and the twisted story the newspapers told about me I was prompted to put my page back up, I feel this to be the only way I can speak out, I am not a bad person. I also am not asking people for their hard earned money, people have a choice,” she wrote on the new page.

“The press have made me out to be an awful person when I was only thinking of my children and making them happy.”

Smith went on to detail how the negativity and backlash was overwhelming and that was motivated only by a desire to fulfil her daughters’ “dreams”.

“I never meant to upset anyone. I’m traumatised by the abuse and negativity I have received and only put this back up because a lot of people said I should. Online trolls are evil, I haven’t hurt anyone and I was only trying to fulfil my children’s dreams,” she wrote.

Image: Facebook/NikkiSmith
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In her initial plea for money, Smith wrote that her two daughters are her "best friends and her life" and that she wanted to "show them how much [she] appreciates and loves them".

"I work two nights a week at our local hospital as this is all I am able to do ATM [at the moment] because of childcare and contract hours.

"They love anything Disney and I know that I would never be able to get them there on my own, by the time I save up they would be too old to enjoy it," she added.

At the time of publishing, the new page had raised nearly $790 for the family.

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