Fundraising drive for Sadie Rose

NADV 110826 Sadie Rose Golf Day.  Preparing to tee off are Andrew Broadwith, Brian Clifford, Daz Clifford, Jeff Cooper, Graham Gotts and Barry Morton. (110826AM)
NADV 110826 Sadie Rose Golf Day. Preparing to tee off are Andrew Broadwith, Brian Clifford, Daz Clifford, Jeff Cooper, Graham Gotts and Barry Morton. (110826AM)

FUNDRAISING events for the Sadie Rose Clifford Appeal are continuing across the Harrogate and Knaresborough district.

So far, over £35,000 has been raised for two-year-old Sadie Rose from Knaresborough, who is having ongoing treatment to fight an aggressive form of cancer known as neuroblastoma, with which she was diagnosed last October.

Last Friday, 72 golfers took part in a charity day at Rudding Park Golf Club held by Harrogate builders’ merchant G H Brooks.

Organiser Andy Broadwith said the day was a huge success despite wet weather - and as well as the golf matches, there was a race night, barbecue and auction in the evening with gifts and prizes donated by local businesses.

So far, a total of £9,000 has been raised from the event. Members of staff from G H Brooks are also taking part in a skydive on September 25 to help raise more money.

Sadie’s parents, Darren and Katie, are hugely grateful to everyone for their help and support.

“Darren and I are feeling very anxious at the moment, but we are bearing up OK,” said Katie.

“Sadie is recovering well to say she has had major brain and bowel surgery over the past four weeks.

“She is having regular physio sessions to help her learn to walk again and started her chemotherapy last Friday, and has been quite sick. However, we are hoping to be home soon after a seven week stay in hospital.

“We will then come back to Leeds General Infirmary in two weeks, when Sadie will have another five days of chemotherapy, after which she will then have another MRI scan to see whether or not she has responded well to the treatment.

“If she has, then she’ll have more radiotherapy at St James’s Hospital. Further treatment is still yet to be decided.”

Because Sadie suffered a tumour in her brain, specialist 8H9 therapy would help give her an increased chance of survival - but the family still needs a lot of help to reach their target of around £300,000, which would go towards the cost of treatment in America.

Other fundraising events that have taken place over the summer include children from Follifoot Primary School who “mobbed up” to raise a collection during two performances of Bugsy in the last week of term.

The adaptation of gangster musical Bugsy Malone was a hit with parents, villagers and friends of the school and featured singing, dancing and acting as well as the fake custard pies and “splurge” traditional to the show.

Meanwhile, a Knaresborough woman is raising cash for the appeal with a sponsored skydive on September 25 in Scunthorpe.

Kate Chandler is holding a pre-skydive charity night on Saturday, September 17 at the Katana Bar in Harrogate. The venue and DJ services have been given free of charge, and ten per cent of bar takings will go to the appeal, along with the proceeds from a raffle with prizes donated by local businesses.

And in October, Harrogate man Andy Cole has organised Sadie’s Groove at Lure Bar in Harrogate on Friday, October 7 from 8pm.

The event will feature champagne and canapés on arrival, along with music and entertainment and a raffle with a huge array of prizes donated by local businesses.

Stray FM’s Nick Hancock is helping out with the draw and tickets, priced £12, are now available. Andy hopes the night will raise around £3,000 for the appeal.

l To donate to the Sadie Rose Appeal direct, visit www.sadierosecliffordappeal.co.uk or www.bmycharity.com/SadieRoseCliffordAppeal.