It’s not Thursday, it’s Eve’s Day

Eve and family members with Stannington First School pupils during Eve's Day.
Eve and family members with Stannington First School pupils during Eve's Day.

A COMMUNITY came together to show their support for a very poorly girl.

Eve Anderson suffered a bleed on the brain in February and was in a coma for days.

The Stannington First School pupil is slowly recovering, but still spends most of her time at the RVI in Newcastle.

A group of mums from the school came together to make a contribution towards her care and they received a fantastic response.

They ran an auction in the Ridley Arms which raised more than £4,000 and after school finished last Thursday, pupils went to Stannington Village Hall for a party all wearing ‘Eve’ T-shirts.

There was a disco, games, raffle, tombola, cakes for sale and a flower display, and as they knew the mum of the Harry character in the BBC show ‘Tracy Beaker’, he came along to meet the children.

Eve attended for some of the afternoon and her fellow pupils sang the Beatles song ‘I’ll get by with a little help from my friends’ to her.

The eight-year-old’s father Ian Anderson said: “Eve’s Day lifted everyone’s spirits and the children were absolutely fantastic with her – they made a big fuss and the song was very emotional.

“The support from Stannington First School staff and pupils and parents has been second to none and her friends have visited her regularly in hospital. This social contact will play a big part in her rehabilitation.

“The response we’ve had from the community, including businesses in Morpeth and across the North East, has been tremendous.

“We’ve also had flowers and gifts from across the country and people living in the USA, Italy, Poland and Australia.

“It has helped us stay strong during this difficult time for the family. We’ve received so much kindness that we can never repay and it has allowed us to concentrate on being there for Eve.”

Doctors at The Great North Children’s Hospital in Newcastle last month identified a tumour as the cause of the bleeding.

They have told the family it is too risky to operate on, so she will undergo radiotherapy treatment from Monday.

Mr Anderson said: “Eve was bubbly and very outgoing before this happened and now she can’t do anything for herself and has to communicate by blinking.

“This treatment will make her very poorly but she’s fighting strongly and we’re positive that she will make a recovery – what sort of recovery we don’t know yet.

“The good news is that she couldn’t be in a better place for her care.”

The proceeds from the day, along with donations from members of the public and businesses, meant the total amount raised for Eve was £6,297.

Sue Jensen, one of the organisers, said: “When something like that happens to someone you know and see on a daily basis, you think that it could happen to you so we all felt that we should do something to help Eve and her family.

“We’ve been amazed by the response from the community and businesses to our events and we’re delighted to have raised so much money for her care.

“At the party, we asked the children to be quiet when Eve was there as we didn’t want to overwhelm her and they were brilliant – they kept the noise down for the whole time.”

Eve’s stepdad Peter Miller, married to her mum Lee Miller, earlier this year walked from their home in Bedlington to Eve’s bedside at the hospital for seven consecutive days – clocking up a total of around 105 miles.

Through donations which continue to pour in, this has collected more than £13,000 for the RVI’s Children’s Head Injury Equipment Fund (Chief). The final amount will be matched by the Newcastle Healthcare Charity.

To support the fund-raising, visit www.justgiving.com/eveanderson