You, your Celtic heritage and Vanessa


I’m sure many of you will be aware of the Vanessa Riddle appeal which has featured in the comments page in recent weeks.  Vanessa was diagnosed with a form of childhood cancer in 2009 but after extensive and difficult treatment received the all clear 17 months ago.  Last month her parents received news that she had suffered a relapse and that no suitable treatment was available in the UK.  Treatment is available in Philadelphia at a cost of £500,000.

Although the diagnosis is only a few weeks old the fundraising effort to send Vanessa to Philadelphia has already raised over £137k with increasing numbers of people becoming aware of the need on a daily basis (CQN’er, Brogan Rogan Trevino and Hogan is not a man to be denied).

To help raise awareness and funds, Taggsybhoy has booked Jury’s Inn, Glasgow, two nights next month, one of which, Saturday 11th February, he will hold a Music Quiz for the CQN community, with all proceeds going to the Vanessa Riddle Appeal.  You may have heard mention of the appeal but if you have not caught the details take a moment to update yourself here.  Getting involved is as part of your Celtic heritage as green and white hoops.  Don’t forget to book for the quiz, there’s a limit of 70 people for the room so you can’t turn up unannounced.  We’re home to the Highanders that day.

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  1. celt for life



    Cheers and Damn!!



    I have a Big Birthday day after, don’t know how I am going to work this one…



    Anyhoo, just learned David Gold had confirmed last night WestHam have made a bid of £7.2 Million for Jellylegs and it is now up to the player.




  2. Taggsybhoy ,



    I’ve entered for the quiz.



    Now all I need to do is get some team members (any volunteers?) , oh , and remember to take my own jacket home and not someone else’s







  3. Big Swee walks on with Neil Lennon on




    I hope you are wrong…..very wrong :o)



    Now more importantly….What’s all this Gun Running going through the fair town of Dungloe for those pesky Son’s of Anarchy bikers???





    24 January, 2012 at 12:44



    If I can make a sugestion,it would be to link to,or even better,copy and paste,BRT&H’s excellent post which introduced us to this most deserving of causes.



    And then to send it to EVERONE on your mailing list,with one small proviso-the one which has prevented me from doing it to date.



    WAIT TILL PAYDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!






    OK,folks,apart from the typos,there is another wee problem.



    Canny track the original BRT&H post.



    I thought it was on the first Tuesday after New Year,and he repeated it often enough.



    I’ve looked before and since,but struggling.



    Look,I’m sorry-this once-to b ea nuisance,but has anyone got the full original article?

  5. Previous post and a new set of words.



    Huns – – -An ex- football team.


    Sounds good to me but sadly I don’t think it will happen. Too many friends in high places for that sadly.



    Hail Hail




  6. Ulster-Celt says:


    24 January, 2012 at 13:16


    Saint Stivs



    for clarification, we were talking of the North Belfast club. he might be thinking of St Endas Tyrone.






    he just said the exact same thing,

  7. P67



    Oh well…we will have to save part 2 for a weekend rather than a school night ;->




  8. Paradise_Found on

    The Riddle Family are friends of friends please help any way you can .



    From (Donate here)




    My Story


    In Feb 2009 our then 8 year old daughter Vanessa, was diagnosed with Stage 4 (High-Risk) Neuroblastoma,


    a very rare, aggressive and difficult to treat form of childhood cancer.


    Fewer than 100 children in the UK are diagnosed with neuroblastoma each year,


    most of which are below the age of 5 and generally have a better prognosis as the older the child is the worse the prognosis is.


    Since Feb 09, Vanessa has undergone many different treatments at Yorkhill Hospital in Glasgow,


    these include; 12 rounds of High Dose Chemotherapy, two 7 hour surgical operations, the removal of one of her kidneys,


    a stem cell transplant, Radiotherapy, Retinoic Acid treatment and Immunotherapy treatment……


    all of which was agonising to watch as parents never mind to have to endure as a child!



    Having undergone all this difficult and often very painful treatment the fact remained that


    due to a high relapse rate the long term prognosis for Vanessa’s survival remained very poor


    with less than a 40% survival rate. All the same, Vanessa finished her treatment at


    Yorkhill Hospital in Aug 2010 and was given the all clear.



    In Dec 2011 after routine scans, Connie and I were given the devastating news that Vanessa had relapsed.


    She has many hotspots on the skull, neck, spine, leg & knees. The UK doctors have told us that this


    time round there is very little chance of survival; “much less than 10%” they said,


    as we do not have any relapse protocols in the UK. This is due to the Government not


    investing any money into relapse treatments for this disease. This is a very different story to the United States


    where there are many relapse protocols and taking her there will dramatically increase her chances of long term survival.



    We now find ourselves in the position of urgently having to take Vanessa to the United States


    for relapse therapy treatment which the NHS will not fund. The treatment Vanessa requires is likely


    to involve Antibody Therapy and cost in excess of £500,000. Vanessa’s latest scan results will be


    used to determine which therapy is best and this is likely to happen at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.


    Please help us to raise the funds in order to save Vanessa’s life.



    You can also donate by text message by texting VANY99 and your amount £1 – £10 to 70070.



    Every single penny counts, no matter how little.


    Thank you for reading and donating


    Chris & Connie Riddle

  9. DungloeBhoy – I know a senior HMRC official who is acquainted with the Rangers case.



    Apparently Hector isn’t very confident after the recent hearing.



    It seems Rangers’ representative “destroyed” the HMRC case.



    HMRC are bracing themselves for a decision going against them.



    Craig Whyte was apparently laughing and joking after the hearing. It seems he has substantial backing from a Rangers supporting tycoon in South Africa, and the warchest will be opened as soon as the case is won. Ally is having to keep schtum at the moment but some very big names are in the frame to join Rangers very soon.



    Also, it turns out Craig Whyte actually is a billionaire, with an astonishing string of business successes behind him and a tremendous reputation for paying his bills on time, and he’s going to sue the BBC any day now.



    FACT. (thumbsup)

  10. !!Bada Bing!! Kano 1000 on

    A mate seen some stats on Davie Weir’s hun record.Played 252 approx, he asked me to guess how many fouls he committed.Given the MIBs,benefit of the doubt etc, i guessed 3-4 fouls per game,so about 750 i guessed.The answer is actually about 109 in TOTAL.Says a wee bit about the bias in this country.I think the stats were in The Sun on Friday or Saturday.

  11. Bada bing



    Don’t worry about falkirkbhoy. The only shooting he does is with a camera!






    See you Monday, with a bit of luck.

  12. Down south this week….please tell me the Evening Times have in fact published an interview with Marvin Andrews telling Rangers fans to “keep believing”.



    If they have it would make my day. That is taking news management to a whole new level.

  13. jeezo



    The laptop Loyal at the Evening Times must be desperate, rolling out Marvin Andrews and getting him to tell the bares to ‘keep on believing’.

  14. DBBIA ,



    i was gonna ask you the same ! What larks pip , eh?



    ok , to paraphrase the Betales song ,



    “We got no team and its breaking my heart,


    But we’ve found a team-mate and thats a start”




  15. Fatty is keeping ‘shtum’ by wrapping his gob round a delicious bar of Cowan’s highland toffee.



    Popeye is furious at this,as Fatty emptied the warchest to purchase said delight, instead of putting funds towards Scratchcard, which is Popeye’s plan B.

  16. RogueLeader at 13:32



    Marvin Andrews said a Rangers fan sent him a message on twitter asking if he thought Rangers would win the tax case. he replied that if you are sincere in your prayers, then miracles can happen.







    NO ME………….saw Philvis’s lips move.

  18. Sannabhoy -I’ll try and enrol Subterranean, SFTB and Jinky’s Redstar.



    Not forgetting Mr Dick Byrne, although in the context of a music quiz that might be like having a bounce game at work and playin’ Mo Bangura as a ringer.





    Thanks,mate. I really think the post which introduced us to this case is one which will tug the heartstrings,and loosen the wallets.




    Timing is everything,and it’s not payday yet.



    Tomorrow and Thursday,instead of hitting the beer,I’ll flick back through the blog.



    Until I find it.



    Or go mad!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  20. By: Laura Brannan on 24 Jan, 2012 12:49


    CELTIC Under-19s have resumed their league campaign with a match against St Mirren today at St McKenna Park, home of St Anthony´s Juniors, and two early goals from Tony Watt and John Herron gave the Hoops an impressive lead.




    The young Hoops have produced some entertaining football in the first 45 minutes, though the home side managed to pull a goal back just before the break to reduce the deficit.




    Half time: Celtic 2-1 St Mirren

  21. philvisreturns says:


    24 January, 2012 at 13:29



    A Gaviscon moment there reading your post,thats bad for people at lunchtime.

  22. brimmer 'kano 1000' on

    Looking forward to seeing a few faces at the quiz night.


    Great article Paul.


    Wee Vanessa, God bless.




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