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Bingo Night Featuring Captain America

Eyes down, clickety click 66, and on its own, number 10 (as our Captain America would say!). Yes Bingo night is back again in aid of the Spider-Ede Appeal. Come along for a night of fun, laughs and the chance to win some prizes!

Entry is £10 per person which includes a book of 5 bingo games. Dabbers will be available to buy on the night as well. We’ll also have a little raffle on the side, spot the ball and there’s a jackpot prize on the bingo as well.

Tickets are available via Sarah Anderson, or you can pay via PayPal on our ticket link. Please just add that it’s for Bingo in the notes! The ticket will also enter you in for an extra draw on the night so bring this along to be in with a chance of winning.

For more information, and to keep abreast of updates, visit the Bingo Night event page on Facebook.

Bingo Night, 08 June

Spider-Ede Fundraising Day at The Swan, Prenton

On this coming Sunday, the 27th May, The Swan in Prenton (map) are hosting a fundraising day in aid of the Spider-Ede Appeal!

With live music, raffles, face painting, Bert’s bingo, popcorn, sweets, candy floss, a cake stall, beat the goalie and teddy tombola there will be enough to keep everyone entertained.

A perfect Sunday afternoon out for all the family!

Where?
The Swan, 2 Holm Ln, Birkenhead, Prenton. CH43 2HP
When?
Sunday, the 27th May, from 1pm

Spider-Ede Fundraising Day at The Swan (Poster)

The Spider-Ede Music Festival

The Spider-Ede Music Festival - 2nd June, Vale Park, Wallasey

Come and join us on Saturday 2nd June, from 1pm until 5pm, in Vale Park, Wallasey, for our summer music festival! With music from Ragamuffin and guests, we’ll also have face painting, tombolas, a bouncy castle, beat the goalie, raffles, a Harley Davidson drive-by and more!

A big thank you to Claire Sim for arranging and co-ordinating the event, Christopher Locke for organising it, especially the music side of the day. Also a big thank you to Apollo Care for donating a spa voucher at the Village Hotel and for all their previous support with sponsorship for sweets and prizes.

Below are just some of the confirmed prizes up for grabs and a huge thank you for the prize donations:

The Spider-Ede Music Festival - 2nd June, Vale Park, Wallasey

DIPG Awareness Day – 17th May

MRI Scan of Brain with DIPG

In the USA, 17th May 2017 was recognised as D.I.P.G awareness day by 22 states thanks to the Michael Mosier Foundation. This date is significant to them as it is the date that Michael passed away after fighting D.I.P.G. They are working to get these states and more to recognise this day again for 2018. We believe that we need a similar day of awareness here and therefore want to extend the awareness day to the UK on the 17th May 2018.

What is D.I.P.G?

MRI Scan of Brain with DIPGD.I.P.G stands for Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma. This is a grade IV tumour which is highly aggressive and currently considered untreatable in the UK. It originates in an area of the brainstem called the pons. The pons is responsible for vital bodily functions such as breathing, swallowing, blood pressure, sleeping, eyesight and balance. On average, 25-30 children a year are diagnosed with DIPG in the UK, that is equal to about a classroom full of children. There is no known medical reason for a child developing D.I.P.G.

Can you treat D.I.P.G?

Due to its location in the centre of the brain and the diffused nature of the tumour, it is not possible to surgically remove it. Standard chemotherapy is also not an option due to the blood brain barrier ‘protecting’ the tumour. Radiation is usually offered to help shrink the tumour however due to its aggressive nature this will only prolong life for a short while. The median age of survival is 9 months with doctors usually stating between 2 weeks and 2 years. Only 10% of children survive past 2 years and less than 1% survive for 5 years.

In 50 years, cancer research has helped us improve survival rates for a lot of different cancers, however there is no difference in the treatment now to 50 years ago for DIPG sufferers. Here, parents (as DIPG is most common in children aged between 5 and 10) are told to go home and make memories. As the tumour takes hold, the vital bodily functions are impaired. However, the sufferer’s knowledge and understanding is not affected, therefore they are fully aware of what is happening to them, they simply cannot control it, becoming locked inside their own body. It has to be one of the most cruel ways to suffer.

What Can We Do?

We need to spread awareness. We need to get people talking about this, not ignoring it. Yes it is rare but it’s not rare enough. Less than 4% of funding available goes into children’s cancer research, and even less again goes into brain cancer research. We need the politicians talking about this more. Dame Tessa Jowell has recently called for improvements in fighting cancer and last year a Scottish policitian even addressed parliament about DIPG and the doctors in Monterrey, Mexico, at the Instituto de Oncologia Intervencionista hospital, who are seemingly finding ways to treat this tumour using Intra-arterial chemotherapy and immunotherapy. Sadly there were not many politicians present.

During Channel 4’s Great British Bake Off – Stand Up to Cancer, aired on 3rd April 2018, a story was told by parents about their son who had battled DIPG but sadly lost his life to it. It had people searching for further information about the young boy and learning about it. This is the type of awareness we need. The more awareness and understanding there is, the better. It plays a significant role in both the research and care for DIPG.

Get Involved

We would love for as many people as possible to get involved with some sort of fundraising on May 17th, to help raise funds and spread awareness of this horrible disease. Our own event will be our second #BakeForEdie day, hopefully we can beat the first one held on 23rd March, which raised in excess of £5000 for the Spider-Ede Appeal. However, if baking isn’t ideal for you then please consider some activity to help us spread the word, whether it’s a sponsored walk, run or even silence, or a raffle within your place of work. Maybe a non-uniform day at school? We do need to raise vital funds for treatment, but we also want people to know and understand what the 17th May is all about, and what DIPG is. So, if all else fails, please just tell someone who may not know about it. Explain it to them, direct them to this page. Let’s get people talking more.

The Spider-Ede Appeal
Part of the Bradley Lowery Foundation
Charity Number: 1174333

Donate online at JustGiving

Personal donations/collections can also be made into our Halifax bank account.
Sortcode: 11-00-54
Account No: 13747967
Please make cheques payable to Ashleigh Stading or Stephen Molyneux (Edie’s parents)

Companies can make a charitable donation to our Bradley Lowery Foundation account. Please make cheques payable to The Bradley Lowery Foundation/Edith Molyneux. Bank details for direct transfers can be provided on request.

Vist the Michael Mosier Foundation

Bake 4 Edie – DIPG Awareness

Bake4Edie Poster

On 17th May, we’re holding our second #Bake4Edie event, asking businesses, organisations, schools and stay at home worker’s/parents to hold or get involved in a cake and bake sale to help raise funds and awareness of DIPG.

For more information on D.I.P.G. and why we’ve chosen this date, please view our D.I.P.G. Awareness Day post.

Last time we reached our target of £5000! Please help us beat this on the 17th May! Feel free to print off and use the poster below to get your friends and co-workers involved too, and don’t forget to post your photos and tag them #Bake4Edie, or comment below and let us know you’re taking part!

Bake4Edie Poster

Bingo Night, Friday 6th April

Join us for an evening of fun and laughs at our Bingo night with a side of raffle.

When: Friday 6th April at 7pm, eyes down at 7.30pm

Where: British Legion, Higher Bebington, Wirral

How much? £5 for half a book, £10 for a full book. Dabbers on sale for £1 too. Raffle tickets available as well.

Comment on here or drop Sarah an email if you want to join in the fun!

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