Some of you may have seen the pink butterfly logo on the web site home page. This is the logo of Edie's Butterfly Appeal. Edie is my wife's god-daughter and Edie's mum, Cate, is my daughter's god-mother. Edie is currently battling bravely against a form of childhood cancer, Ependymoma. As yet there is no definitive treatment for this illness and yet brain tumours are the biggest cancer killers of children and young people. Edie's Butterfly Appeal was set up to raise awareness of Ependymoma and to raise funding for research into this devastating illness. There is a lot of information and more about Edie and her appeal on the web site www.ediesbutterflyappeal.com
Now, if I promise that at no point in this blog will I ask for money, will you continue reading? Please do.
Last Saturday was the inaugural Edie's Butterfly Appeal Charity Ball held at The Grove in Watford. It was a truly amazing night. We were treated to some top class entertainment from Makin' Steps Performing Arts. Guest appearances from Teddy Sheringham and Andy Sinton as well as a blistering performance and auction hosting stint from the hilarious Terry Alderton (don't mention Bianca). Cate, Edie's mum, delivered a very strong and brave speech about Edie's story and their continuing fight to fund research and promote awareness.
It was a fabulous evening that, I believe, raised more than was initially expected.
Now to the point of my blog. As I said, I am not asking for money (although any donations are, of course, very gratefully received). One of the key aspects of the appeal is to promote awareness of Ependymoma (hence my plea to ready the website). So, I thought it would be wonderful if we could get Edie's Butterfly Appeal logo out there and visible to as many people as possible. This is where the non-league family can help out. Could we try to get the logo (and the associated link) onto as many club websites as possible? I appreciate that some people have limited access and ability to upload pictures to home pages. However, I know that many do have this functionality. If not on a club website then how about putting the logo and the web site URL in your matchday programme? Neither of these things costs the club any extra money but could possibly help to save the life of a child.
You can download the Edie's Butterfly Appeal logo from the picture below, from www.botp.co.uk or from www.ediesbutterflyappeal.com
Thanks for reading the blog. It would be wonderful to see butterflies all over the non-league world in the future.