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#Match4Marley calls on community to join the Anthony Nolan register

On 11thOctober 2018, Shannon Bradshaw community centre in Penketh will hold an event to help find a life saving match for Marley Nicholls, by registering potential stem cell donors on the Anthony Nolan register.

Marley (right) with his brother George

Marley (right) with his brother George

Marley Nicholls, from Newport, was diagnosed with aplastic anaemia, a rare blood disorder affecting the bone marrow. His family have been told that his best chance of survival is a stem cell transplant from a matching stranger. Founder of the Trust, Patti Bradshaw whose daughter Shannon passed away in 2002 from the same condition, is working with the family to find a match for Marley.

After it was revealed that Marley’s younger brother George, 4, wasn’t a suitable match, blood cancer charity Anthony Nolan sprang into action, and is now actively searching for a matching donor.

Marley’s family, who have been told that he has no matches on the UK or global stem cell registers, have launched a desperate appeal, called ‘Marrow for Marley’, for people to sign up as potential stem cell donors – with over 10,000 people signing up so far.

Marley’s mum, Shaney Truman, who describes him as ‘a kind soul and would do anything for anyone’, said ‘When Marley was diagnosed it felt like a grenade had been dropped on our family.’

‘We’re trying to remain hopeful. It’s a race against time now – there’s got to be someone out there who can be a match for Marley.’

Karen Archer, Regional Development Manager for Wales, said: ‘We are doing everything we can to support Marley and his family in their search for a lifesaving stem cell donor. Every day, five people, like Marley, will start their search for a matching stranger who might save their life.

‘Every single person who signs up has the potential to help save someone like Marley, and it’s incredible that over 10,000 people have already signed up to the Anthony Nolan register since his appeal was launched. However, we urgently need more people to sign up to help people, like Marley, who are in desperate need of a lifesaving stem cell transplant.’

Anthony Nolan recruits people aged 16-30 to the stem cell register as younger people are more likely to be chosen to donate. It also costs £40 to recruit each potential donor to the register, so Anthony Nolan relies on financial support.

To find about more about joining the Anthony Nolan register, or to find out more about the different ways you can support, visit

Marie Hall running for Shannons Trust
Marie Hall running for Shannons Trust

I chose to run for you guys after Dani and Henry Seddon posting on Facebook for fundraising ideas. I took a look at the website and was moved by your story and the work that you guys do.

I like to challenge myself and if I can help local charities at the same time it makes it even more worthwhile in my view. The larger charities have less issues with funding so I prefer to help smaller local ones who perhaps do not have this luxury.

I hope the money I have raised, although not a vast amount compared to some, will help make a difference and contribute to your good work.

Marie x

Kind-hearted strangers give Kirsty’s garden a make-over
Kind-hearted strangers give Kirsty’s garden a make-over

THE community has once again rallied together to show support for Kirsty Mcdonald and her young family.

In a bid to make life easier for her two daughters, The Shannon Bradshaw Trust enlisted the help of volunteers to transform the Mcdonald garden.

Kirsty, from Orford, is facing her third cervical cancer diagnosis despite just being 26.

Over the past 18 months Kirsty has been juggling raising her two children, paying her bills and undergoing gruelling cancer treatment.

Kirsty’s mum Janette contacted The Shannon Bradshaw Trust, based in Penketh, to see if they could help by donating a trampoline that would be suitable for six-year-old Eva who has a severe disability.

When Patti Bradshaw, from the charity, visited the garden, she thought it would be nice to go above and beyond and give the garden a complete makeover for the children.

Jeff Hartley, from Trinity Facilities, asked how he could help and extended the garden wall for the family for free.

After Jeff rendered the wall and Johnstones Decorating donated paint and brushes, Patti appealed on Facebook to find an artist.

This is when Jason Morley offered his skills and said he had been touched by Kirsty’s story and would like to help the family.

The talented artist has transformed the outdoor space for Ava and Ella into a colourful oasis where the two can enjoy playing with their mum.

The gofundme appeal has raised more than £36,000 for Kirsty and her family, you can donate here



Shannon Bradshaw Trust helps Callum Foy on his treatment journey
Shannon Bradshaw Trust helps Callum Foy on his treatment journey

THE Shannon Bradshaw Trust presented Callum Foy with a £2,000 cheque to help the family’s fundraising efforts.

Last Thursday, Callum and his family visited the centre in Penketh not knowing about the donation.

The money will help fund the 10-year-old’s trip to Germany in September where he will receive proton beam therapy to treat his cancer.

Comedian Charlie Hale took Callum back to his house afterwards where he gifted him a signed Leroy Sane Manchester City shirt.

As reported previously in the Warrington Guardian, Orford youngster Callum is facing the fight of his life with cancer.

Cheshire Masons aid Shannon Bradshaw Trust
Cheshire Masons aid Shannon Bradshaw Trust

Following the Installation of David Petley as Worshipfull Master for the second Year running Domville Lodge No.4647  donated £250 to The Shannon Bradshaw Trust.  

Domville Lodge meets at the Spread Eagle Hotel Lymm  on the second Friday of each Month excluding March, June, July and August.

David  together with John Taylor the Lodge Charity Steward visited the Community Centre, Meeting Lane, Penketh to present Patti Bradshaw the Honorary President of the Shannon Bradshaw Trust Charity with a Cheque, Patti said ” I thank the Members of the Lodge from the bottom of our hearts for this valuable cheque”


Caption: L->R  John Taylor, David Petley, Patti Bradshaw and Ann

The Charity helps Children up to the age of 17 with life-threatening conditions and their families and can be contacted through Registered Charity No. 1113368

This years Annual Ball is on the 14th July 2018

The Shannon Bradshaw Trust Presents a Night of

“Rock N Roll”

Tickets are £45pp or a table of 10 for £400

Arrive for 6.45pm to a Champagne/Bucks fizz drinks reception

Seated by 7.30pm followed by a 3 course meal then Tea/Coffee

Also there will be entertainment 2x 45 minutes shows followed by a disco also there will be a raffle with some lovely prizes

Fancy dress optional

Contact us for tickets 



Remembering Mary Bonner
Remembering Mary Bonner

On the 9th June 2014 the Shannon Bradshaw Community Centre and its charity The Shannon Bradshaw Trust lost one of its valuable trustee’s, Mary Bonner. Mary Bonner was also our mum!

After our dad died in 2002, mum needed a purpose and new direction in life! Her friendship with Alan and Patti Bradshaw was to be the start of a very special friendship and relationship. Patti and Alan had lost their daughter Shannon, aged 7, in July 2002. Shannon had been diagnosed with a life threatening condition Aplastic Anaemia in February of that year. 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 very brave battle.

After experiencing first hand the effects of having a child with a life-threatening condition and the trauma felt by the whole family, Patti and Alan Bradshaw wanted to help other children and their families who sadly found themselves in similar situations. This was the start of The Shannon Bradshaw Trust and the charity helps families of children with life threatening illnesses. More information of their outstanding work can be found at

Mum worked full time but in 2005 she was persuaded by Patti and Alan to become a part of The Shannon Bradshaw Trust, and this she did with gusto and her vibrant personality. She worked tirelessly for the charity, giving up her spare time to fundraise and promote the charity. She was a trustee and later became their Chairperson.

When mum retired in 2012, there was only one thing that she wanted to do. Voluntarily she gave 5 days a week of her time to further enhance the charity. Her vision, along with Patti, had been to open a community centre and café bringing the older generation and younger one together. They found the perfect premises, next to Great Sankey Police Station. It was hard work but they opened it and it has gone from strength to strength. Mum could always be found there, working hard to serve the public and raise money and awareness for the charity. She was even there on the Saturday before she passed away, such was her commitment and dedication to The Trust. Tributes to her work were published in the local newspaper andshe even managed to ensure that a little girl with a life threatening condition met her idols One Direction (although mum had passed away before the girl met them so she missed the pictures).

Mum died from heart failure and my sister, Claire and I, like to think she gave away every bit of her beautiful heart!

Charity of the Year
Charity of the Year

What an amazing night! We are honoured and incredibly proud to have been voted CHARITY OF THE YEAR at the Guardian

Overwhelmed is putting it mildly. We only won CHARITY OF THE YEAR.. at the Guardian Inspiration Awards 2017. Thank you so much to everyone who voted for us… all our trustees. Patrons and volunteers.

Last but certainly not least all the amazing people of Warrington for your continued support.

Patti x

The Shannon Bradshaw Annual Ball!

This years ball was such a fantastic night we raised over £ 4000 bring on next years!

The Shannon Bradshaw Trust Annual Summer Ball Presents A Night Of


This night I would love to raise a lot of money as what ever we raise on the night. We are donating half to a little girl called Freya. She is 6 years old. Freya was born with 2 holes in her heart & a bleed on her brain( cerebral palsy). She needs £60,000 to £70,000 for an operation and aftercare.
So please show your support get a ticket or even better a table. At only £45pp you won’t be disappointed.

With every ticket sold you get a FREE raffle ticket to win a Sunday meal for four at the park royal hotel

On arrival there will be a

* Welcome Drinks Reception
* A 4 course dinner
* Entertainment from the one and only ‘DUKES OF MOTOWN’
* A small raffle
* Disco till late
*Plus A chocolate fountain

Dress code
Men – Black Tie/Smart
Ladies – Evening gown/Cocktail


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