12 April 2017
Sisters Louise Paramel and Tracey Bennion are organising a Children’s Easter Party to raise awareness and funds for DKMS and the Blue Skies Hospital Fund, at Blackpool Victoria Hospital.
Louise, 33, a Practice Development Sister at the hospital’s Paediatric Unit and DKMS Volunteer Hub Leader, along with Tracey, 35, who works with young people at McKee College House, Poulton, are both hoping that the event will raise a substantial amount for both charities.
Easter Donor Drive
There will be a donor drive for DKMS where people can register as a potential blood stem cell donor on the day. You can also register online for a home swab kit here.
Louise who used to work with blood cancer patients at Great Ormond Street Hospital, London, said: “I’ve previously done other fundraising events for Blue Skies and DKMS and my sister was keen to get involved. Tracey’s husband’s grandmother had blood cancer but was too poorly to have a blood stem cell donation – so we wanted to raise awareness and encourage people to register as a potential life-saver and raise vital funds at the same time. “The money will also help to purchase the latest high tech monitors for the hospital which are very sensitive and allow the child to move more freely.”
It’s a family affair as Louise’s husband, Amith, a child psychiatrist, and their children Priya, 4, and Nikhil, 2, will also be there.
The Easter party will take place at The Clarence Pub, on Preston New Road, Blackpool, on Sunday 16 April from 10am to noon. It will feature live entertainment from clowns Nanny and Grandad Trumble, who are donating their services for free, face and nail painting, an Easter egg hunt, a party lunch and an Easter egg prize for the children to take home, plus much more.
Purchase your tickets
Tickets cost £10 per child and all funds will be split between the two charities. You can purchase your tickets in advance by calling Louise on 01253 956 900 or emailing email@example.com Tickets will also be available to purchase on the day.
Black Tie & Diamonds
If you’re unable to attend this event Louise is busy planning a ‘Black Tie & Diamonds’ event on 8 July 2017 at The Imperial Hotel, Blackpool. Tickets cost £35 and includes a drink on arrival, three course meal plus tea and coffee – the evening will raise much needed awareness and funds for both charities. To purchase tickets for this event please contact Louise on 01253 956 900 or email firstname.lastname@example.org