The parents of a six-year-old girl with stage 4 cancer have thanked Tickets.com and their T.Cares initiative after being left in a desperate race to raise funds for lifesaving treatment. Three weeks ago, through its work with MK Dons Football Club, Tickets.com donated four VIP matchday tickets to the home game against Shrewsbury Town in Sky Bet League One to the Princess Poppy Rainbow Appeal.
The Princess Poppy Rainbow Appeal was set up by Poppy’s parents, Claire and Ross, to raise funds for potentially lifesaving treatment. Poppy Bailey was diagnosed with stage 4 high-risk neuroblastoma at just four years old. Her family have been tirelessly fundraising so that she can access treatment options abroad, which could cost hundreds of thousands of pounds.
Tickets.com contacted Claire and Ross – whose local football team is the MK Dons – to offer a hospitality package which they could auction off to raise funds. “We were blown away by Tickets.com‘s generosity, which came completely out of the blue,” says Claire. “Despite everything we’re watching Poppy go through, we’ve also seen the best of human kindness.”
The lucky highest bidder – a local grandfather – was able to take his grandson to see the game at the state-of-the-art MK Dons stadium, where they were treated to premier hospitality, reserved seats on Directors’ Balcony, a stadium tour and visit to the Dons’ dressing room, and were presented with a commemorative gift.
“The prize Tickets.com donated was just amazing,” says Claire. “Our spirits were really lifted watching the auction total rise, knowing local people were supporting Poppy, all thanks to Tickets.com‘s kindness. The money raised really could help save Poppy’s life.”
Natalie Jones – Internal Sales Manager at Tickets.com said the following:
“Poppy is a local girl and I have been overwhelmed watching the whole community pull together to raise funds for her much-needed treatment. All at Tickets.com were delighted to be able to contribute by providing tickets for a fantastic day at MK Dons Football Club. We were so pleased they then were able to raffle these off and all monies raised added to their fantastic fundraising efforts. This shows the important of being active in the local community through the T.Cares program.”
Through the global T.Cares initiative, Tickets.com employees seek to support the communities where they work and live – from charity fundraising and community service, to creating unforgettable experiences for those in need.
For more information about T.Cares and to find out how your charity or project could get involved, visit https://provenue.tickets.com/t-cares/ .
The Princess Poppy Rainbow Appeal are still desperate to raise the funds needed to continue Poppy’s treatment. You can support Poppy’s campaign by donating through her fundraising page https://justgiving.com/campaign/princesspoppy or by texting ‘POPPYB’ followed by any whole amount (up to £20) to 70085. Find them on Facebook or Instagram @princesspoppyrainbowappeal.