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Blister Sisters' fundraising page

3 team members

Challenge complete

Fundraising for this challenge has ended so we're no longer accepting donations. Thanks to everyone who supported this challenge.

Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

Team story

[p][span=color: #454545; font-family: UICTFontTextStyleBody; font-size: 17px;]Hi, thanks for visiting our page.[/span][/p][p][span=color: #454545; font-family: UICTFontTextStyleBody; font-size: 17px;]Nicki, Caroline and Laura are walking 25 miles for Thomas' Fund. The walk will be challenging for us all but also a great opportunity to raise some money for a fantastic cause. Thomas' Fund was set up in memory of our very good friend's son who sadly passed away in November 2015 aged just 4 years old.[/span][/p][p][span=color: #454545; font-family: UICTFontTextStyleBody; font-size: 17px;]Being parents to young children ourselves we'd like to raise as much as possible to help fund research.[/span][/p][lt]div class="un_otherwise un_paddB5 un_paddT5" style="color: #454545; font-family: UICTFontTextStyleBody; font-size: 17px; margin: 0px; padding-bottom: 5px; padding-top: 5px;"[gt]This is Thomas' story...[lt]/div[gt] [lt]div class="un_otherwise un_paddB5 un_paddT5" style="color: #454545; font-family: UICTFontTextStyleBody; font-size: 17px; margin: 0px; padding-bottom: 5px; padding-top: 5px;"[gt] [lt]div class="un_otherwise un_paddB5 un_paddT5" style="margin: 0px; padding-bottom: 5px; padding-top: 5px;"[gt][span=background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);]Thomas was a lively and happy little boy who enjoyed his bikes, swimming and going to the beach. At just over 18 months old his appetite diminished and he started vomiting. After a few trips to the GP’s, paediatricians and A&E, Thomas was admitted to hospital in April 2013. An MRI scan revealed he had a tumour in the top of his spinal cord and extensive spread throughout the lining of his spinal cord and brain.[/span][lt]/div[gt] [lt]div class="un_otherwise un_paddB5 un_paddT5" style="margin: 0px; padding-bottom: 5px; padding-top: 5px;"[gt][span=background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);]Two days later he had surgery on his spine to obtain a biopsy and had to lie flat for five days. The biopsy results weren’t clear but a diagnosis of pilocytic astrocytoma was made. The following week Thomas deteriorated again and required further neurosurgery to insert a shunt into his brain to drain fluid into his abdomen. He started chemotherapy two days later.[/span][lt]/div[gt] [lt]div class="un_otherwise un_paddB5 un_paddT5" style="margin: 0px; padding-bottom: 5px; padding-top: 5px;"[gt][span=background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);]Over the following two years Thomas trialled four different chemotherapy protocols to try to gain control of the tumour. He suffered from pain, peripheral neuropathy, kidney damage, constipation, diarrhoea, sickness and a weakened immune system requiring numerous hospital admissions for antibiotics. In total Thomas had 77 doses of chemotherapy and 18 anaesthetics, 9 of which were for surgery. He had 2 admissions to PICU for complex seizures. Unfortunately the tumour continued to grow and Thomas suffered from behavioural changes, agitation, speech loss and seizures.[/span][lt]/div[gt] [lt]div class="un_otherwise un_paddB5 un_paddT5" style="margin: 0px; padding-bottom: 5px; padding-top: 5px;"[gt][span=background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);]Given his problems, quality of life and failure to improve, it was decided to palliate Thomas in August 2015; he passed away in November 2015 at the age of 4.[lt]br style="margin: 0px;" /[gt]Since his death we have learnt that Thomas had a newly recognised type of tumour. The diagnosis of these tumours is notoriously difficult and due to their rarity there has been very little research done on either the tumour characteristics or which treatments are effective. It is a progressive disease with no effective treatment at the present time.[/span][lt]/div[gt][lt]div class="un_otherwise un_paddB5 un_paddT5" style="margin: 0px; padding-bottom: 5px; padding-top: 5px;"[gt][span=background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);]Thank you for taking the time to visit our page xxx[/span][lt]/div[gt][lt]div class="un_otherwise un_paddB5 un_paddT5" style="margin: 0px; padding-bottom: 5px; padding-top: 5px;"[gt][span=background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);]Through Virgin Money Giving, you can sponsor us and donations will be quickly processed and passed to charities. Virgin Money Giving is a not for profit organisation and will claim gift aid on a charity's behalf where the donor is eligible for this. We really appreciate all your support and thank you for any donations.[/span][lt]/div[gt] [lt]/div[gt][lt]br /[gt][p][/p]

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Event

Personal Challenge Date

25 Jun 2017

Campaign

Supporters

Sep 16, 2017

Elizabeth Pearce

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Jul 12, 2017

Hannah Neve

Hope I'm not too late with my donation Nic - well done raising money and awareness for such a good cause, and for completing the challenge girls! Han, David and Declan x x x

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Jun 26, 2017

Helen Armstrong

Well done Laura and girls on a totally amazing walk. Xx

£20.00

Jun 26, 2017

Emma Mizon

Well done to you all. A fantastic and impressive achievement.. xx

£20.00

Jun 26, 2017

Fi Hooper

Sorry I'm late!! Well done girls, really fabulous x

£15.00

Jun 25, 2017

Collette Tom and Jack xx

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Jun 25, 2017

Maria Allen

Amazing well done Caroline and to all of you. Such a worthy cause. Hope you are putting your feet up now! mariax

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Jun 25, 2017

Teresa Cleary

£5.00 plus £1.25 Gift Aid

Jun 25, 2017

Sharon Bacon

What an amazing cause. Hats off to you all for doing something so positive with something so sad. Well done ladies x

£30.00

Jun 25, 2017

Anonymous

All the best for your challenge today girls, we'll be willing you on! Love from Sam, Adam, Benji and Izzy xxx

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Laura Armstrong

Laura Armstrong

Nicola Marshall

Nicola Marshall

Caroline Woollam

Caroline Woollam