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Shannon smashes target but hopes to raise more for ‘incredible’ hospital

Catholic schoolgirl Shannon Finlan has bypassed her original target of £500 as part of her fundraiser for Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

As reported in last week’s Universe, 12-year-old Shannon has arranged a charity music evening in an effort to raise money for Birmingham Children’s Hospital as part of their Big Gig Event, which will take place in Cannock ‪on Friday, 30th September‬‬.

Shannon, a pupil at Cardinal Griffin Catholic College in Cannock, Staffordshire, said the hospital does “amazing work and looked after my big sis”.

The event is to raise money for Birmingham Children’s hospital as part of its #BigGig month, which will see musicians join together in hosting events to raise money for the hospital. Among those playing will be Dave Sharp, the ex-guitarist from 80’s band The Alarm, to play on her night.

As well as the event, Shannon has also set up a JustGiving page with an initial target of £500, however, the schoolgirl has already bypassed this target, reaching £504.57 earlier this week.

As well as this, Shannon contacted lots of different companies and organisations for raffles and prizes, including four T20 match tickets at Edgbaston; two best seat tickets to see Madness; a £50 tickets.com voucher; two tickets for Steve Backshall’s show; four tickets for a Christmas show at The Rep theatre; a Boots makeover; £20 Gobstoppers (American sweetshop) vouchers; £30 Foyles bookstore voucher, plus lots more – all to be either silent auctioned or raffled.

“We are so proud of Shannon for organising such a big event for such an amazing cause. She amazed us with her maturity and how confident she has been in approaching local and national companies, to ask for prizes to auction or raffle,” her mother Michelle Finlan told The Universe.

“She is an incredibly kind and caring young lady. We are overwhelmed by the kindness and generosity of people for the incredible prizes she has been given and want to thank everyone who has donated and supported Shannon’s event.”

Shannon’s older sister has a condition called hydrocephalus, which was acquired from meningitis and septicaemia when she was six weeks old. It meant she had to endure a number of operations on her brain when she was young. At the time she lived in Manchester and had most of her treatment there, however when she moved to Cannock her care was transferred to the Birmingham Children’s Hospital neurosurgical team, who looked after her until she turned 18 this year.
Although her initial target of £500 has been reached on her JustGiving page, Shannon hopes to raise as much money as possible for the children’s hospital as she said the work that they do is “incredible”.

‘I hope that people are kind enough to support me, as I have never organised something like this before,’ Shannon wrote on her JustGiving page.

The charity night will include Shannon’s school Irish band, Clan na Gael, as well as local singers and musicians at the local church hall.

If you are a musician or a band and would like to perform on the night you can get in touch with the Finlans.

The event will take place ‪on Friday, 30th September‬‬ at St Mary and St Thomas More church hall, Cannock, commencing ‪at 7pm‬‬. Entrance is £2 for adults and children go free.

To find out more about Shannon’s fundraiser, contact her about performing on the night, or to donate money toward the cause see her JustGiving page at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/shannonf, her Facebook page: www.facebook.com/shannonsbiggig, or her Twitter page: https://twitter.com/gig_shanf.

Picture: From left, Sarah McIntosh, 18, nine-year-old Keira Finlan, a pupil at St Peter’s RC, Bloxwich, and 12-year-old Cardinal Griffin Catholic College pupil, Shannon Finlan tune up for their big night.