Bromley Heath backs Emily-Mae fun day
Published on: 30 Sep 2016
A FUN day in Bromley Heath inspired by one-year-old Emily-Mae Cardwell proved a big success.
Hundreds of families braved the showers to support the event on September 25. Organisers spent weeks arranging the day to make sure there was something for everyone, from pony rides and soft play to bouncy slides and a bungee run.
The event, which took place at the Sandringham Pub in Quakers Road, Downend, was to raise money for the Ward 34 at Bristol Children’s Hospital, where Emily-Mae is being treated for a rare form of liver cancer.
She was diagnosed in April at the age of seven months, turning life upside-down for her parents Lee and Lisa Cardwell.
Lisa saw that the ward was in need of support, and her friends decided to organise the fun day, beginning by putting out an appeal on Facebook.
One of the organisers, Amy Bray, who is a close friend of the family, said she was overwhelmed by the help and generosity of the local community.
She said: “Today has gone so much better than we hoped especially as the weather has been all over the place.
“Everyone seemed to really enjoy themselves and we managed to raise a lot of money for the charity, which was what we always wanted.
“I would like to thank everyone who has supported the event and also for those who gave up their time to volunteer and man stalls.
“We were inundated with lovely prizes and we are so happy that people wanted to help. We were donated rides, soft plays and a pony for the pony ride which was just so lovely. It’s nice to see our hard work has paid off.”
Among the popular cake and sweets stall there was a lucky dip, a tombola, the raffle, an auction, nail painting, face painting and live music, as well as a bouncy castle, which was lent by the Downend Round Table, a mobile soft play from Jaqs Leisure, a children’s disco and many fun games. All proceeds from the fun day will be split between Ward 34 at The Bristol Children’s Hospital and the children’s cancer charity CLIC Sargent.
If anyone would like to donate please contact Lisa on 07977582441.