Miffstock 2001 - The Aftermath - 24/05/2001

We are currently writing full reviews for both nights and the football tournament! As you may have already heard, Miffstock was more successful than anyone could have previously imagined. Check out the IndigoCam initial pictures of the weekend at the news section of IndigoWeb.

We are gonna leave this mini-site online at IndigoWeb in the Specials Archive section as a memorial to all the hard work that was put into the event by everyone - please dont email us for tickets though!

The Indigo Sunrise.

25/04/2001 - Miffstock Tickets now on sale!...more
- Miffstock tickets on sale from Weds 25 April......more
19/04/2001 - Changes to Miffstock. Due to Horsham District Council refusing Miffstock a late licence on the basis that it may provoke people to have fun, the first day of Miffstock has been altered. All bands will be playing, but we will be running a second stage also. Cheers Horsham Council. Shame you are not as charitable as all the other cool people involved with Miffstock. Check out the Bands Page for more info.

18/04/2001 - Miffstock Charity Football Draw made! click here

What is Miffstock?

The Indigo Sunrise are delighted to announce the finalisation of the much talked about Miffstock 2001 Music Festival!! Miffstock will take place from Friday 18th - Sunday 20th May at Broadbridge Heath Leisure Centre. Stay tuned to this site for upto the minute information, and if you didnt get here through IndigoWeb, click here to take a look!

About the Charity

All the money raised at Miffstock 2001 will be given directly to the Sargent Cancer Care For Children Fund. The fund is the only UK wide charity dedicated to providing psychological and financial support for young people with Cancer and their families. The fund have provided invaluable support to the Herridge family throughout Dean's illness, so we're raising money as a way of saying thank you. (full details of the charity can be found at the bottom of this page).

What is Miffstock 2001 all about?

Dean Herridge was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia in August 1992, aged 16 months. This diagnosis meant that for the next two years of his life, Dean had to face a gruelling chemotherapy schedule to treat his illness. His reaction to treatment looked to be encouraging but, in 1994, Dean suffered a relapse.

The Herridge family were then told that the only way forward for Dean would be for him to have a Bone Marrow Transplant. Naturally, this would only be possible if a suitable donor could be found. Dean's brothers were each tested to see if they could provide the solution, but these tests failed to find a suitable match. The family now had to hope that an acceptable donor could be found via the Anthony Nolan trust. Luckily, after an agonising search, a match was found and, in 1995, Dean received his transplant. The operation seemed to be a complete success, and Dean stayed in remission for five years. Sadly, Dean suffered another relapse in June last year.

When Dean received his first transplant, the family were told that nothing else could be done should he relapse. However, as he had made such good progress over a comparatively long period of time, his doctor was prepared to try another mini transplant if the donor was prepared to help him again. This led to Dean enduring another six months of Chemotherapy and Radiotherapy. This often made him extremely unwell, as the years of treatment began to take their toll. Dean had now received so much medication that many of the specific treatments had to be abandoned due to his body's intolerance to the drugs being used.

Dean finally received his second transplant in December last year.

"Thorough out everything, we could not have managed without the help and support of the Sargent Cancer Care For Children Fund. You just don't realise how much you will be affected financially until it actually happens to you. Travelling expenses alone can be hard enough to find when you are travelling to and from the Royal Marsden hospital, sometimes everyday for weeks on end. Food bills are another factor that you don't consider when people are on treatment, but high doses of steroids can cause a huge increase in appetite which can prove difficult for a family to cater for. The main help we have received from the fund over the years has to be the travelling and food expenses, but they have also helped out with mortgage repayments, car repairs and essential items for the home. The charity also ensures that dedicated social workers are always on hand at the Royal Marsden to provide help with benefits, respite breaks for the sick child, counselling for the families and a lot more. We know how much of a financial strain an illness like Dean's can be, especially when it goes on for so many years. We would not have been able to get through any of it without the help and support of the Sargent Cancer Care For Children fund. We do not know of another charity that offers this level of support. When your child is seriously ill the last thing you want to be worried about is how to meet the bills. We hope that with help from people like you, the Sargent Cancer Care For Children Fund will be able to continue supporting families like ours."

Miffstock aims to raise a substantial amount of cash to present to the Sargent Cancer Care For Children Fund on Dean's behalf.

The Sargent Cancer Care For Children Fund
Registered Charity Number: 256435 Patron: Cherie Blair
Griffin House
161 Hammersmith Road
W6 8SG
Tel: 0208 752 2800
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