A Children’s Easter Party is being organised to help raise funds for two special charities.
Louise Paramel and her sister Tracey Bennion are raising money for new child monitors through the Blue Skies Hospitals Fund at Blackpool Victoria Hospital and are also raising funds for the national charity DKMS: We Delete Blood Cancer.
Louise, 33, a Practice Development Sister on the hospital’s Paediatric Unit and her sister, Tracey Bennion, 35, who works with young people at McKee College House in Poulton, are both hoping that the event will raise a substantial amount.
Louise said: “I’ve done other fundraising events for Blue Skies and DKMS and my sister wanted to get involved.
“Tracey’s husband’s grandmother had blood cancer but was too poorly to have a transplant.
“My husband, Amith, who is a child psychiatrist, is involved as we see children with cancer on wards and he wanted to help. Our children, Priya, who is four years old and Nikhil, who is two, will also be there.
“We want to get more of the latest high tech monitors which are very sensitive and allow the child to move more freely.
“Massimo Pulse Oximeter Monitors are highly accurate and they enhance care for our patients.”
The Easter party will take place at The Clarence Pub on Preston New Road in Blackpool on Sunday, April 16, from 10am to noon. It will feature entertainment with clowns Nanny and Grandad Trumble, face painting, nail painting, live owls, party games, a special appearance by an Easter chicken, an Easter egg hunt, a party lunch and an Easter egg prize for the children to take home.
Children can bring their own Easter bonnets and parents and guardians are expected to stay with their child. There will be tea, coffee and cold drinks as well as a raffle and ‘name the teddy’. Alcohol won’t be served and the pub will only be open for the party. Tickets cost £10 per child and all funds will go to the charities.
Nanny and Grandad Trumble, who do magic tricks, balloon modelling, slapstick comedy and get children to sing and dance along with them to pop songs, are providing their services for free to help the charities.
There will also be a donor drive for DKMS where people can sign up as potential bone marrow donors and have a two-minute cheek swab.
Louise, who used to work with blood cancer patients at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London, added: “We are doing a donor drive for DKMS because this is the only hope of survival for some people.
“There are lots of people who are still waiting for a donor. They will have had chemotherapy and their last hope is for a stem cell donor. By doing the two-minute cheek swab, we can see if someone might be a match for a patient. This can give them a chance of living.”
For tickets please contact Louise Paramel on 01253 956 900 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Tickets will also be available on the day.