Sussex entertainers and businesses are pulling out all the stops to support a Portslade mother’s fight to beat cancer.
On Saturday 17th March, from 1pm -6pm, the Big Beach Café in Hove Lagoon will be playing host to fundraising event Lagoona Matata!, with a bill of family-friendly entertainment that’s growing by the day.
Mark Williams (Mr Weasley from the Harry Potter films and star of The Fast Show) will be stopping by to host the raffle and there are activities all afternoon including Zaz the Clown and friends; a children’s disco with DJ Molly Malone; Paint Pots; ES Makers Lab – Toy Hacker; Mujishan’s Big Bubble Circus; Whizz Bang Pop, a Sama Karate display; face painting; the Balloon Man from Circus Brighton; Fairy Dust Events and Miss Sparkles.
All the entertainers, inspired by the cause, are offering their services for free and local businesses and individuals are making generous donations to the raffle. Norman Cook’s Big Beach Café have donated the venue.
Mother of two Giselle Chamberlain (45) was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer in 2014. After surgery, chemo and radiotherapy she had no detectable cancer in her body, but in 2016, after headaches and visual disturbances, Giselle had a seizure and a large tumour was found in her brain.
Following major brain surgery and radiotherapy things were looking positive. However, more brain tumours are now back and growing and she has recently completed whole brain radiotherapy – currently her last treatment option left on the NHS – which will only slow the growth.
Giselle is a scientist, previously employed at the University of Sussex, with a PHD in Biomedical Engineering. She says: ‘there are more options available which I’m aware of through my scientific background and links to various oncologists – I have reason to believe that treatment with immunotherapy could be really beneficial for me, and/or platinum therapy and proton beam therapy. Unfortunately none of these are available to me on the NHS at this point!’
These more cutting-edge treatments come at a cost and Giselle’s family and friends have set up a crowd-funder to try and reach a target of at least £300,000. The youcaring.com account has spread across social media, with donations coming in from far and wide, but they still have a long way to go. Lagoona Matata! and other fundraising events in the pipeline, are essential for Giselle to be able to pursue these options and be given a chance to see her boys grow-up.
Visit Giselle’s fundraising page at youcaring.com/gisellechamberlain-1054141. To donate a prize or your services to the event email Sam Bond on firstname.lastname@example.org.