On the 1st March 2019, Louise and Jim Lysandrou Meehan heard the worst news any parents could ever hear, their little princess Bonnie-Louisa, who is just four years old, has ALL (Acute Lymphocytic Leukaemia). Bonnie is now undergoing chemotherapy for the next 2.5 years and is being treated on Tiger Ward, Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QE).
Bonnie’s mum, Louise, said: “We never thought that, as a family, we would be in the position where you need charities for support, but it proves the point that cancer really doesn’t care who you are, or what age you are. We feel it is time to give something back. We have always helped to contribute in the past, but now it’s real and personal, and life for us is a ‘new normal’.”
Louise and Jim, and their family and friends are on a mission to raise £10,000. Louise added: “We would like to raise as much money as possible for all the support, kindness and empathy we have been shown. It is a truly amazing hospital. They put on activities for the children to help make their journey that little bit easier, and they need our help and support to continue to do this.”
Bonnie’s family started a fundraising campaign in August. The generosity and support from family and friends has been overwhelming. All of the children in the family have got involved and took part in a 5k run in September. Santander in Clapham Junction organised a fantastic ‘Carnival’ on Wednesday 16th October with traditional activities and games displayed all over the branch. Their local beefeater has put a charity box on the bar on a permanent basis and has donated wine and meals as auction prizes. The main event was ‘Bonnie’s Ball’ on the 19th October at The Boathouse in Danson Park organised by Louise and Jim, with the help of their good friend Jackie Daley. Over 130 people attended including the nurses and care assistants from the QE. Louise and Jim opened the evening with a lovely heartfelt speech followed by Bonnie who sang ‘A Million Dreams’ from The Greatest Showman. Jackie said: “Bonnie brought the house down.” There was not a dry eye in the room. There was also live music, a DJ, raffle and auction with over 50 raffle prizes. Lead Paediatric Oncology Nurse Specialist from Tiger Ward, Cat Wilde, won the best raffle prize of the night, a well-deserved spa weekend. The event raised an amazing £7,000.
Louise and Jim have other fundraising activities planned leading up to Christmas and for next year.
Thank you so much to Louise and Jim, her family, friends and colleagues for this truly amazing support. They have totally smashed their fundraising which has reached an incredible £14,500 so far.