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Teenage Cancer Care Unit Handed Donation

13 May 2022

A photograph of Sgt John Dilks, Tracy Caldwell and Dave Pointer presenting a cheque to DC Scott Elliott and Maddison Ian Allington
Sgt John Dilks, DC Scott Elliott, Maddison, Tracy Caldwell and Dave Pointer from the Club

Teenage Cancer Care Unit Handed Donation

13 May 2022

The Teenage and Young Adult Unit at The Christie Hospital will benefit from a donation of over £1,300 after the Club, the Bluebirds Trust and Barrow Police teamed up for a fundraiser.

Barrow youngster, Maddison, was just 16 when she was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, an aggressive blood cancer and, following months of pain, she was told her cancer was at Stage 4.

Her father, DC Scott Elliott, is a keen Bluebirds fan but had to give up attending matches as the family made huge changes to their lifestyles to keep Maddison safe and protect her from the risks of COVID-19.

Tracy Caldwell, an Intel Analyst with Barrow Police, suggested the idea of a fundraising venture in partnership with the Club and we worked in partnership with Community Sergeant John Dilks and our Dedicated Football Officer Rickie Wallbank.

A collection was organised for before the Good Friday game against Forest Green Rovers at The Dunes Hotel Stadium, with Sergeant Dilks organising for youngsters from Hawcoat Park to take donations from supporters.

The Bluebirds Trust were also keen to back the campaign and an incredible £500 donation was made to bolster the £800 that was raised via the collection.

Maddison, who is treated at the brilliant Teenage and Young Adult Unit at the Christie, was keen for the money raised to be donated to The Christie Charity and on Friday we handed over a cheque for £1307.83.

“On behalf of Barrow Police, we would like to thank Barrow AFC for allowing us to use the match against Forest Green Rovers to reach out to the Barrow public and raise some vital funds for The Christie charity,” said Sergeant Dilks.

“The day was a huge success, assisted by glorious weather, a bumper crowd and of course a Barrow win.

“The generosity of the Barrow public never ceases to amaze me, and then the fantastic contribution from the Bluebirds Trust has allowed us to support Madison and her family in this way.

“My further thanks go to Hawcoat Park junior football section for assisting us with the bucket collection.”

Fans can still donate to The Christie Fund by visiting their website – click here now.

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