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.
“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.