Fun day raises big total in aid of young Evie

There was plenty of fun for all ages at an event in Longhorsley to raise funds for a five-year-old girl with an extremely rare condition.

Friday, 25th November 2016, 4:15 pm
Updated Tuesday, 6th December 2016, 11:41 am
A show from Magic Mick was part of the afternoon entertainment at the fun day in the Shoulder of Mutton pub, Longhorsley, to raise funds for Evie Campbells treatment. Picture by Alan Chapman (Captured Moments Wedding Photography).

Evie Campbell was diagnosed with Diamond-Blackfan anaemia (DBA) at the age of eight weeks. It is caused by a failure in the bone marrow and characterised by an inability to produce red blood cells.

The Shilbottle resident has her blood tests and transfusions at the RVI in Newcastle, but is under the care of St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, London – the UK’s specialist centre for DBA.

Evie Campbell at her Shilbottle home. Picture by Jane Coltman

It was there in August that Evie’s parents, Rebecca and Richie, were told that she needs to have a bone marrow transplant in the next two years.

The Campbells want to raise £10,000 to help cover the costs as Evie prepares for her transplant and a recent fun day at the Shoulder of Mutton pub brought in just short of £3,000.

The afternoon, targeted at families, included face painting, transfer tattoos, hot dogs, cupcakes, a show from Magic Mick and a guest appearance from Boxer the pony.

In the evening, adults were entertained by two live bands – Burnie and the Blue Notes and The Klassics. Throughout the night, a Hog Roast kept all the guests well fed.

Evie Campbell at her Shilbottle home. Picture by Jane Coltman

Lauren Chapman’s son Elliot is Evie’s best friend and she ran the transfer tattoos stand at the event.

She said: “Evie’s uncle lives near Longhorsley and he goes to the Shoulder of Mutton. When the team there heard about the fund-raising for Evie, they decided to organise a fun day to add to the total.”

To make a donation yourself, visit Anthony Nolan register is being searched in the hope of finding a donor and to this end, the charity is coming to the county to run a recruitment event

As many people as possible are urged to attend the event at the school Evie attends, Swansfield Park Primary School in Alnwick, om Saturday, December 3. It is taking place from 11am to 3pm.

All it requires of a potential donor is to read through the information pack, fill out the medical application form, have it checked by an Anthony Nolan representative and then give a small saliva sample.

The register is especially keen to get samples from the 16 to 30 age group.