Brave reason behind Saddleworth’s Big Bandana Bake

A DELPH woman hopes to raise as much money as possible for the charity that helped her get over a brain tumour that saw her undergo 13 operations.

Big Bandana Bake

Emma Hall had to put her life and university studies on hold after she was diagnosed with the condition for the second time at the age of 19.

But after going through more than a dozen bouts of surgery, she has fought back and has helped organise a Big Bandana Bake event at Tame Valley Tennis and Squash Club in Greenfield.

It will raise vital funds for The Brain Tumour Charity, which has raised more than £41 million for research and support.

“I had to come home after suffering a couple of seizures at university for scans that re-diagnosed me,” explained Emma, who spent her 20th birthday in Salford Royal Hospital as she battled the tumour.

“It was initially meant to be one operation and I’d be in for a couple of weeks but I ended up having 13 after they said they’d never really seen a case like mine.

“I’m as OK as I’ll ever get now but it will always be a case of monitoring it and keeping an eye on it, especially after the re-diagnosis.

“And after seeing that the charity was holding The Big Bandana Bake event, I thought, ‘Why not hold one at the tennis club?’”

Emma, who was just 12-years-old when she was first diagnosed with a tumour, has recovered to the point where she hopes to return to her biology studies at Durham University after the Easter holidays.

And she will be getting her oven gloves on to help bake cakes and sweet treats at the event on March 9 at the club on Greenbridge Lane in Greenfield.

She and fellow organiser Sandra Kiy has also received support from people after the event was announced.

“People on social media have volunteered to bake or donate cakes,” Emma added. “But I’ll be doing some of the baking on the day.

“Sandra and I came up with the idea of holding an event and we’ve been putting posters up. Now about five people have said they’ll be baking too.

“I’m going to start university again after Easter after I had to come home. I went home after telling of the seizures and was told I had to have a scan, which was when the tumour was confirmed.

“I’ll have to do my end of first year exams in order to be able to start my second year but I thought it would be just one operation and I could reschedule them!

“And there were a lot of complications this time around, hence why I had 13 operations but all the staff and care I received at Salford Royal was fantastic.”

*THERE is no entry fee to The Big Bandana Bake event at Tame Valley Tennis and Squash Club on Saturday, March 9, which runs from 10am until 2pm but donations will be needed for the cakes. Emma does not have a target figure in mind, her only aim is ‘to raise as much money as I can.’

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