Community centre opened in memory of Shannon Bradshaw facing closure due to funding crisis


VIDEO: As the 20th anniversary of the tragic death of Warrington youngster Shannon Bradshaw approaches, a community centre opened in her memory 10 years ago could be forced to close due to a funding crisis.

Now founder Patti Bradshaw is appealing to the local business community to get behind the Shannon Bradshaw Community Centre to help save it from closure, while also raising funds for the Shannon Bradshaw Trust, which helps raise funds to support families with poorly children.

To help support the local community prices at the cafe are kept as low as possible, with a “belly-busting” full English breakfast costing just £6.50!

Patti is now appealing to the local community, in particular, local businesses to get behind the centre to help keep it open.

To help start the ball rolling, the Shannon Bradshaw Trust has become the latest beneficiary of a £500 Warrington Worldwide Legacy Project grant.

After experiencing firsthand the effects of having a child with a life-threatening condition and the trauma felt by the whole family, Patti and her husband Alan Bradshaw wanted to help other children and their families who sadly found themselves in similar situations.

Since 2002 the Shannon Bradshaw Trust has been raising money through fundraising events that have helped many sick children and their families throughout the North West.

In February 2002 Shannon was diagnosed with a life-threatening condition Aplastic Anaemia. She had just turned 7, before that she had been a happy, healthy little girl.

After being told a bone marrow transplant was her only hope of a cure, but with no suitable donor on the register, her aunt Jackie organised Blood Donor clinics throughout the North West. This resulted in almost 7000 people registering with the Anthony Nolan Trust, an organisation specialising in matching patients with suitable bone marrow donors. Unfortunately, by the time a perfect match was found Shannon was too ill to have the life-saving operation and sadly, on the 17 July 2002, just 5 short months after first diagnosis, she lost her brave battle.

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