Fundraising effort for sick kids hospital

Garry Greenaway at the Queens Head Hotel, Sandgate.

Garry Greenaway at the Queens Head Hotel, Sandgate.

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A charity dinner and auction is being held in Berwick to raise funds for the hospital which helped a little girl overcome a life-threatening illness.

Two-year-old Eve McGonigle, from Allanton, was diagnosed with Ependymoma, an extremely rare brain tumour, and successfully treated at the Royal Hospital for Sick Kids in Edinburgh last summer.

Before that, her parents Sarah and Mark had feared the worst as Eve’s health rapidly deteriorated over a number of weeks.

Mark’s sister, Lucy, has set up EVEolution, to raise money to improve facilities on Ward 7.

She explains: “After weeks of mis-diagnosis, Eve was extremely ill, struggling to walk, talk or even eat. The life was sucked out of her and it was agonising to see the once mischievous and adorable toddler struggling to survive.

“Eve’s condition drastically deteriorated and after a visit to the Borders General Hospital she was rushed to Edinburgh’s Sick Kids for emergency treatment after a brain scan determined the unthinkable.

“This was truly devastating and soul destroying for all of us around Eve, and together we could only rally around and pray for a miracle, whilst Eve lay almost unrecognisable in a ward bursting with other young children fighting for their lives.

“Upon arriving at the hospital, Eve was taken in and cared for by the magical staff and nurses of Ward 7.

“The procedures and life-saving treatment that Eve required were terrifying for both Eve and our family, however the miraculous nurses and medical staff were constantly on hand 24 hours a day to help with their calming and loving nature, somehow helping to make the six week stint in a stark hospital bed bearable.

“These people dedicate their lives to ensure the young children that enter the ward have the very best chance of making it out in full health, so we want to give something back.

“EVEolution has been set up to help the staff and patients of Ward 7 to improve the facilities on the ward to allow children fighting this deadly disease and their families find some sort of comfort and solace throughout this stressful time.

“When you are smacked in the face with a heartbreaking matter such as Eve’s we know it would make a difference to find a little more comfort in an alien environment. “

Garry Greenaway, owner of the Queen’s Head Hotel, is hosting a charity dinner and auction to raise further funds on Thursday, March 5.

He said: “Mark is one of my best mates so I know what they were going through before Eve was diagnosed.

“Her treatment has been a great success and all funds from our event will contribute to helping many other young children who may need the help from the same wonderful people who helped little Eve.”

Diners will be treated to a seven course tasting menu.

The menu comprises:

* Chicken breast with wild mushroom and bacon stuffing served with piped truffle mash potato and baby carrots served with a Chilean Pinot Noir

* Souffle of crab, scallop and smoked salmon with a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc

* Hare, pistachio and prune terrine served with an Andean Malbec

* Soup of Scottish broth with haggis dumpling with Maya Lugana Otella

* Lemon sorbet with strawberries and mint

* Elderflower jelly pannacotta with poached rhubarb with a dessert Sauvignon Blanc

* Coffee with fudge

A wine expert will advise on the accompanying wines.

A fundraising auction is also offering a number of fantastic prizes including accommodation and golf at Archerfield, a meal at the Allanton Inn, prizes from Tiger Lilly and Maison Bleau in Edinburgh, tickets to see Olly Murs and many more.

Criminologist, Professor David Wilson, involved in the ITV series Bring Back Borstal, is guest speaker.

To book, call the Queen’s Head Hotel, Berwick on 01289 307852. Bookings are being taken on a first come, first served basis.

To make a donation, visit facebook.com/eveolutionUK