Scrolling one day through Facebook i stopped in my tracks as a picture of a pretty little girl & a plea from her family came up.
The picture was of a 3 year old girl called Edie Molyneux who was suffering from a rare cancer called DIPG.
DIPG is a type of high grade brain tumour. High grade brain tumours tend to grow quickly and are more likely to spread to other parts of the brain or spinal cord. They are sometimes referred to as being ‘malignant’ or ‘cancerous’.
I glanced over at my 2 children, one bouncing from sofa to sofa, the other chewing her hand and wigglying her legs gleefully and it hit me- this could happen to any of us.
Id wanted to do something for charity for a long time, but struggled at what cause to raise money for. When i read about local Girl Edie, it was then i decided that would be the charity i would raise the money for.
It started with a local raffle & then exploded into a raffle/charity night with the help of my facebook friend, now friend Carli O Toole.
Carli works as a cleaner in the Heswall Bar Paradox, she was able to get us the venue, DJ, Buffet (Thanks to the owner,Harry), acoustic session by Rakeem Abiru (superb!)and also a live band called The Smile Forecast (who were outstanding!)
We also had Two Drag Queen hosts ( Thanks to johnny Paris and friend) as we felt we wanted to keep spirits high and memento going.
More people got on board, Kirsty Foley and Jenny Sheppard who helped with selling the raffle tickets and making cakes/raffle hampers/ sweet stalls etc also collecting raffle prizes.
I was overwhelmed by the small businesses owners on Wirral, Manchester and Liverpool who were more than happy to donate towards a raffle prize for the cause. I even managed to get gift sets off well known brands like sanctuary and a Radio Tour off Capital one liverpool.
The night was a roaring success considering the awful weather conditions outside. Paradox was packed out and everyone had a fabulous time and made an incredible effort. The hiccups were minimal and everyone was willing to dig deep to help raise as much as possible.
In the end we managed to raise £2000+ with money still being added to that total, as auctions are still taking place.
Below i will list each company and person who helped with a special thanks to all.
I want to keep the details short about the arranging of the night as i don’t want to take the focus off why this event took place..
The reason and the cause was always to raise money to help towards life saving treatment for Edie and her family.
£700,000 is needed to treat this condition which is an extortionate amount, but as every parents knows, your childs life is priceless! There is no length a mother or father wouldn’t go to save their baby. No amount you wouldn’t pay, no ocean you wouldn’t cross,no mountain you wouldn’t move.
Its an amount that can’t be raised alone and extended help and outreach is needed via the community and across the country.
If you have a passion for walking, get people to sponsor you.
If you have a passion for baking, do a cake sale towards the cause.
Sky dives, head shaves, mountian climbing for the thrill seekers and the daring! There are endless opportunitys to raise money for the charity.
Pamper days for the beauty therapist
Crazy hair day for the hairdressers
Or, if you do not have time to do these things….
There are 321,238 people alone on Wirral, if we were all able to text donate £3- Edies family would have the funds needed to treat this aggressive cancer and save Edies life.
Life is a gift- give the gift of health, recieve the gift of life ❤
Text EDIE03 £(amount) to 70070
Collette pemberton– Gel Nail voucher
White Feather Clinic- £40 Gift voucher towards treatment
Lindsey Hughes– Sports massage
Natalie Reid- A cut and blow
Jennifer Myles– Mini facial, massage, pedicure, brow shape and brow tint
Kirsty Foley– Lash lift
The Unit– 3 months Free Gym Membership
Vineyard wirral- Free meal for 2 and a bottle of wine
Community soul– voucher for 2 free coffees
Page Bow– Handmade photo frame
Sunsational Hair and Beauty– Gift Voucher
Amanda Uylat- Full set or LVL lash lift
Heart and Sole Holistics– Beauty Treatment vouchers
Angelic Mobile Tanning– Spray Tan
Jen Sheppard-Cake vouchers
Speak Easy Tattoo– £30 Gift voucher
Nicohola Ross– Bottle of Gin & Bottle of prosecco with 2 wine glasses
Onxy-One free none surgical treatment
Emma Haldon-Free Make up
Katie Hayes make up– Free Make up
Fany Boutique– Voucher and Hat
Tracey o Neill– £100 voucher towards family photo shoot
Catriona Photography-Photo voucher
Leanne Fildes hairdressing– Blow Dry
Leanne Howsam-Free Make up
S-fern Designs– Voucher
SummerRose Bowtique-£20 voucher
Tegsie Sweet Treats- Sweets
Bath Bar-Reiki Treatment
Hotel Gotham– 2 vouchers for afternoon tea
Holly Turner – Gel Manicure & pedicure
Months worth of classes at onetwoboxing
CCS cleaning soultions Oven clean-£60
Rubys Hairdressing– Voucher
Sarah Grace Make Up-Dermaplane and full face of make up
Body Tech Fitness– 1 years free membership
Ste Greene Fur Immer Tattoo– Tattoo voucher
Twisted Fairy Tales Piercings– 1 voucher for 2 free piercings and 2 vouchers for 1 free piercing
Added Special Thanks:
Every one in paradox who helped the night run smoothly
Donna Rhodes and friend at S D Creations for donating the flower wall for the night
Darren Eaton for photography.
Jenny Sheppard for the amazing cake and all the help she did buying things for the event and hampers.
Carli O Toole for everything!
Kirsty Foley for raffle tickets and help with lifts and being our door lady.
The band,Dj And acoustic sessions!
Wirral globe for media coverage to help raise awareness for the spider ede appeal.
And everyone who bought tickets and raffle tickets! Because of all of you- we have managed to donate a nice amount to help towards life saving treatment!
Massive Thank you to everyone.