Sunday, 07 February 2016

You don't have to be a Big Wig to Save a Life

Colin Craddock
'Craddock's Quilt' is currently travelling around the country before it is auctioned in aid of CLIC Sargent to support children & families in Newcastle RVI

As 'Craddock's Quilt' travells the country in aid of CLIC Sargent, we ask all the young dudes 'are you fit to spit?'

An annual fundraiser for CLIC Sargent has been postponed until March 2013 leaving a gap year, which organisers felt was too long. CLIC Sargent is the UK’s leading cancer charity for children and young people, and their families. We provide clinical, practical, financial and emotional support to help them cope with cancer and get the most out of life.

An appeal for idea’s was placed in ‘Gallery of the Arts’ on the Facebook network and was answered by Colin Craddock, who although retired leads a busy life and spends his free time cycling, bird watching and painting or drawing.

Although Colin lives at the other end of the country he feels like a local in the ‘Off the Wall’ coffee shop in Brampton, where many artists can be found chatting on-line.

He says: “This is a unique forum for artistic people whether professional or enthusiastic amateur I thought it might be an idea to start off with a blank A2 piece of paper and we all draw/paint a section sending it on to the next in line to add their masterpiece to it! The final work of art could be auctioned off.”
His idea caught on quickly and within hours ‘Craddock’s Quilt’ was travelling around the country.

The support for these fundraisers is always encouraging, unfortunately a problem has been exposed which has come as a devastating blow to organisers.
The reason for this ‘in between fundraiser’ is because the team behind the ‘Big Wig Ball’ , which include Hairport, Brampton and Sandra Jones of Wigsense, thought that it was unfair to postpone the Ball when there are so many children at the RVI who need help, whether it be bone marrow transplants or family support. There is an appeal out at the moment for a young boy desperately in need of a transplant, but unfortunately, joining the register is not as easy as it seems.

If you are under the age of 30 it is as simple as spitting in a jar, the Anthony Nolan Trust ‘Fit to Spit’ is the easiest way to participate. If you are a blood donor you can fill in a form at the blood donor session.
The Brampton Blood Donor session has been postponed and as our GP’s cannot put candidates on to the register we ask, how can we help? We can make appointments at other sessions, if they are not already pre-booked, and in the meantime ask all those fit young men ‘are you fit to spit’, there is nothing more manly than saving a child.

Not enough of the ideal candidates seem to be coming forward, they ask ‘are you a bloke? 18-30? Decent-ish nick? Can you spit?
As they say, you are within spitting distance of saving a life.


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