A toddler battling cancer was inundated with support from strangers when his auntie put out an appeal on Facebook for birthday cards and gifts.

Jacob, who turned two today (August 16), will celebrate his birthday with a trip to Sea Land in London, lunch with one of the characters from Paw Patrol, and a family dinner.

His mum Gemma Spicer, of High Street in Walton-on-Thames, said over a hundred people had responded to her sister-in-law Jade Barrett’s appeal and sent in gifts and birthday cards.

Ms Spicer, 28, said Jacob was diagnosed with choroid plexus carcinoma when he was just six months old after he was taken to hospital with a rash on his neck.

She said: “A lot of children that have his tumour did not make it past their second birthday.

“We found out that the doctors had run out of options. We sat down and realised we did not know if he will live to his birthday.”

Ms Spicer said the overwhelming support from members of the public had encouraged her and her partner, John Grattan, 27, to start a fundraising campaign to seek different treatment in the US.

She said: “Me and my partner are not the type of people to ask for help or put appeals out because there are so many other people in the same situation as well.

“It was lovely thing for do and so many people are reaching out to help Jacob because they are touched by his story.

“We are totally overwhelmed.”