Help Poppy Bloom

When Poppy came home from pre-school feeling tired, little did we know what was to come. A chest x-ray, an ultrasound, numerous blood samples, a blood transfusion, a transfer by ambulance and a bone marrow aspirate under general anaesthetic. All between Sunday and Tuesday. On Wednesday, just one week after Poppy had slept off her adventures at Forest School, we received the news that she had Leukaemia. Chemotherapy started the very next day and so began two years and three months of treatment.

Treatment which is being provided by the wonderful NHS, a kindness which is bigger than I'll ever be able to put into words. I've always been proud of Graham being a nurse, but never more so than now. Despite the free of charge treatment, there are still many immediate additional costs to consider...the petrol, parking and other general expenses associated with traipsing back and forth to Gloucester and Bristol. Not to mention the mounting food bill which comes from putting a 3 year old who already has a good appetite on steroids!

In time, we'd like to turn this into a fundraising page to give back to the amazing people who've helped us and the many other families facing this illness every day. But right now, we're still getting daily messages from the wonderful people around us who are looking for ways in which they can help. The idea behind this campaign is to aim those kind offers in the same direction, allowing us to access some lovely, family adventures when the timing is right.

Love isn't measured in money. Give what you can afford and what feels right for you. As many of you will know, our "Tesco man or lady" visits so often that Poppy could read the word Tesco before she recognised the letters in her own name! So "Every little helps" applies here more than ever.

We've also compiled a separate list of ways to help which require your time and skills, not your money. "It takes a village to raise a child" and as a family, our lives will be richer for the experiences you can bring to the strong foundations we've already built.

Follow our family as we face this together at 

Love and light to you and yours,

Stephie, Graham, Poppy and Daisy xx


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  • Georgie Denson 
    • £15 
    • 18 mos
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    • £20 
    • 24 mos
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    • £20 
    • 24 mos
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    • £10 
    • 24 mos
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    • £30 
    • 24 mos
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Stephanie Blackburn 
Fairford, South West England, United Kingdom
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