On Bank Holiday Monday – May 30th 2016 – a huge, two part fundraiser event will be taking place at AFC Darwen Football Ground in Darwen to raise money for the awareness of children with rare cancers and promote small charities fighting for the same cause.
The event is running in honour and by the name of Poppy-Mai, a beautiful baby girl who was diagnosed in March with a Progressive Malignant Rhabdoid Tumour, which later spread into the brain.
After uncovering the cancer – a particularly aggressive and highly rare form – doctors diagnosed that, 4 weeks after admittance into hospital, darling Poppy-Mai had only two days to live. She passed away peacefully in her father’s arms later that week.
Here is Poppy-Mai’s donation page, should you wish to contribute: https://www.gofundme.com/poppy-mai
It’s a tragic and heartbreaking situation which has, understandably, shaken parents Andy & Sammi down to their core. However, they have taken the worst of situations in their stride by setting up this fundraiser in Poppy-Mai’s name, which has really captured the hearts of thousands of people around the Blackburn and North West area.
See the Facebook page for the movement which is regularly updating with news and events here.
Fundraiser on May 30th – AFC Darwen Football Ground
The fundraiser on the 30th May will serve as the centrepiece of a whole two months worth of activity in raising funds towards the awareness and treatment of rare cancers in children, with a whole selection of events and entertainments set to be featured.
It will take place at AFC Darwen’s Football Ground on Anchor Road. Here is the full address:
AFC Darwen Football Ground,
Blackburn with Darwen,
We are grateful to be a small part of this event and proud to donate a stage for the festivities – on which acts will be performing. Here is a full list of events and entertainments that will be taking place on the day:
Part 1 – 10am to 5pm
- A five-a-side football tournament will be held across the first hours of the day.
- Approximately 20 stalls will be set up for people to browse and buy from. These include:
- A sweet stall.
- Perfume stall.
- Car Stickers.
- And commemorative Poppy-Mai bracelets.
- A fabulous raffle, offering up some wonderful prizes, including:
- A tom tom.
- A canal cruise.
- Hair & Makeup.
- Pamper days.
- Meal vouchers.
- And many, many more.
- Bouncy castles, to entertain the children.
- An ice-cream van.
- A selection of special guests, including footballer Brett Ormerod, street magician Mark Scholey and the glass slipper princess.
- The bar will be open and serving food and alcohol throughout the whole day.
Part 2 – 5pm to close
This is where our stage will come in as the evening entertainment will be worth remembering! An amazing lineup of some of the UK’s best tribute bands will be on hand to perform for you.
Here is the schedule of acts who will have a tribute performance:
- Elton John
- Robbie Williams
- Take That
- George Michael
- Freddie Mercury
- Olly Murs
- Katy Perry
- Rod Stewart
- Billy Idol
- And Paloma Faith.
Tickets for the event are:
£8 for the full day and night’s events.
£3 for the day.
£5 for the concert.
You can collect tickets prior to the event from:
- Darwen FC – 07938671622
- BBC Radio Lancashire, who are sponsoring the event – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Sending a message through the Poppy-Mai Event Facebook Page.
You will, of course, also be able to pick up tickets on the day.
If you are thinking or planning to attend either the day, night or both sessions, then we hope we will see you there, as we pay tribute to a brave darling girl whose name will live on in the continued fight against cancer that affects us all equally.