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Can You Help 17 Month-Old Poppy-Mai?

5:26 pm, Friday, April 15th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 12 Comments

As you know we are happy to do what we can for charity and for various fundraisers that have real validity and human value.

Here is some information on Poppy-Mai Barnard – the little angel is only 17 months old and fighting for her life.

I don’t usually have separate articles on these – but this is a real exception.


Poppy-Mai Barnard – 17 months old

This was sent to me today by one of our readers in New Zealand – Sean Gordon.


Poppy-Mai is 17 months old and has been diagnosed with a progressive malignant rhabdoid tumour, a rare and aggressive form of paediatric cancer.

Four weeks ago, she was given just days to live yet the little warrior is still fighting and proving doctors wrong. In her honour, her parents plan to establish Poppy’s Field, a sanctuary for sick children and their families in need of respite.

To show our support, my sister, Hayley, and I, will cut no less than 17cm of our hair which will be donated to the Little Princess Trust in the UK.

They will then transform the hair into beautiful wigs for children who have lost their own hair to cancer. All of the funds raised in sponsorship will go to Poppy-Mai’s family to create Poppy’s Field.

Every day is a battle to survive for Poppy-Mai and she does it with grace, determination, courage and a beautiful big smile.

No family should have to go through what the Barnard family is going through.

They have kindly let thousands of people follow Poppy-Mai’s story on Facebook and I feel this is the least I can do to show my support. We are #strongertogether.

I have been given permission from Andy and Sammi Barnard to do this fundraiser.

Before and after photos (and hopefully video) will be posted to The Journal of Poppy-Mai.


Here is the Facebook page for more information.

Please see if you can give to this fundraiser here.


Tags: Charity · Other News

12 responses so far ↓

  • 1 G // Apr 15, 2016 at 5:48 PM

    And we football fans think its been a hard year? Rather puts things in perspective doesnt it?

  • 2 martoon // Apr 15, 2016 at 6:11 PM

    Well said G it really seems inappropriate to talk about football on this page!

  • 3 lesh // Apr 15, 2016 at 7:04 PM

    Yes G and Martoon

    I wonder if our underperforming overpaid so-called stars might spend a few minutes pondering over this poor child.

    Perhaps they’d like to dedicate a day’s pay to this appeal – two days if they win tomorrow?

    Maybe that might incentivise them.

    How about if the crowd were to give the appeal a lift by calling out Poppy-Mai’s name just to remind our lot what life’s about in the real world.

  • 4 lesh // Apr 15, 2016 at 7:07 PM

    Adding a chant for Jonas and his commitment to the cause of the Geordie nation and its role as ambassador in the world of football might just focus their minds

  • 5 toon kk // Apr 15, 2016 at 7:24 PM

    In regards to the Swansea game, they’ll out pace and pass us off the pitch.
    We’re the worst team in the premier league by some margin imo.

  • 6 Jib // Apr 15, 2016 at 7:32 PM

    Grauniad team

    Pretty close methinks.

    Benitez is 56 tomorrow !

    Feliz cumpleaños Rafa

  • 7 lesh // Apr 15, 2016 at 7:53 PM


  • 8 lesh // Apr 15, 2016 at 7:57 PM


    Marshall the troops and arrange a big happy birthday Rafa on the 56th minute along with Jonas chant on the 78th or however many games he played!

    The 17th minute and Rafs’s birthday and Jonas and Poppy-Mai chants are keep all fans on their toes.

  • 9 Jib // Apr 15, 2016 at 8:08 PM

    You aren’t really a footy person are you ?
    Did you discover this blog by accident looking for a recipe for stotty cake ?

  • 10 HarriboNo9 // Apr 15, 2016 at 8:44 PM

  • 11 lesh // Apr 15, 2016 at 8:50 PM


    I think I can safely say I contributed to this blog before you discovered it as a means of filling your time.

  • 12 HarriboNo9 // Apr 15, 2016 at 8:51 PM

    I have donated £25, please everyone if you can even give a couple pound will mean so much!

    If any players are reading this, please find it in your heart to help this amazing young girl!

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