April 2012 update

 Vanessa, who had beaten the cancer once, relapsed in December 2011 and was given a less than 10% chance of survival. As there was no relapse protocol for her available in the UK, her parents, Chris and Connie Riddle immediately launched a fundraising appeal with the Neuroblastoma Children's Cancer Alliance UK to raise the funds needed to send Vanessa for treatment abroad. They knew this treatment would not be funded by the NHS.

Following further tests and consultations, Vanessa has been found to be a good candidate for a treatment in Germany, a Haploidentical Stem Cell transplant which has shown very promising results. Vanessa hopes to start her treatment in Germany in June 2012; the treatment will take nine months and will dramatically increase her chances of long-term survival.

All the funds raised to date for the Vanessa Riddle Appeal will be used to cover the Haploidentical Stem Cell transplant treatment and associated costs.  Any money left over will be kept for Vanessa in case she needs more help in the future. 

Vanessa’s Dad, Chris, said, "Words simply cannot express how grateful we are to the kind hearted people who have helped us get to where we are today. From facing a very uncertain future with such a desperately poor prognosis, we are now able to look to the future with optimism. 


Everyone who donated to Vanessa’s Appeal has given us so much more than the money that now makes our daughter’s treatment in Germany a reality. You have given us hope. And for this we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.”

All donations are paid into NCCA UK’s general funds to further its general charitable purposes.  The funds raised by this Journey are not restricted for Vanessa’s use.  However, the trustees of NCCA UK have agreed to designate funds raised by this Journey to help Vanessa and her family pay for potential future treatment costs and all other associated costs including travel and accommodation.  If Vanessa no longer needs the funds, or if the trustees decide, at their absolute discretion, that the funds should be used for a different purpose, they may redesignate all or part of the funds for NCCA UK’s general charitable purposes.  We are very grateful for your charitable donation.  For further information about NCCA UK and how we spend donations, please see our FAQs 

Keep in touch with Vanessa and her journey at!/vanessariddle   


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Raising money for

Neuroblastoma Children's Cancer Alliance

Neuroblastoma Children's Cancer Alliance

Charity Registration No. 1135601

“All donations are paid into NCCA UK’s general funds to fund our charitable activities. Our charitable activities include: funding a child’s treatment against neuroblastoma, as well as sponsoring research, and promoting education and awareness of neuroblastoma.”

Donations 11376

Wishing you a full recovery from this and keeping you in our thoughts from Donald Ross Residential

Donation by Jacqueline Miller on 06/04/14


+ £75.00 Gift Aid

Two bikes sold. All the best Vennessa :)

Donation by Life Over Death Scotland on 23/02/14


+ £17.50 Gift Aid

text donation

Donation by Anonymous on 12/12/13


Jar of change from Todhill Staff Room. Received with thanks!

Donation by Chris Riddle on 19/11/13


+ £4.68 Gift Aid

Donation from Kirstie's Flower Shop in Troon

Donation by Kirstie's Flower Shop on 05/10/13


text donation

Donation by Anonymous on 12/09/13


Donation by Lindsey Connell on 02/09/13


+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Been on chemo twice myself bad enough for an adult worse for a child. best of luck!

Donation by KENNY on 26/08/13


+ £2.50 Gift Aid


Keep on kicking cancer's ass! x

Donation by Heather Cambridge on 19/08/13


+ £1.25 Gift Aid

Sorry I couldn't donate more

Donation by yuse on 30/07/13


+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 27/07/13



Donation by Anonymous on 04/07/13


+ £0.50 Gift Aid

text donation

Donation by Anonymous on 02/07/13


Donation by Mark Gorman on 28/05/13



Hoping so much that you beat this x

Donation by Oliver Bailey on 04/04/13


+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Donation received from Galloway Pet Foods. Thank you.

Donation by Richard Hale on 04/04/13



Donation greatfuly received from Shabaz Ahmad and his customers of (Formerly) Spar Shop, Barrassie

Donation by (Formerly) Spar shop, Barrassie on 01/04/13


Money raised by staff at Todhill Country Centre through various events

Donation by Todhill Country Centre on 19/03/13


text donation

Donation by Anonymous on 13/03/13


Donation by M ML on 11/03/13


Donation by Richard Watson on 10/03/13


+ £2.50 Gift Aid


Hi Vanessa, You are making an inspiring difference to the world. Just know that few people have achieved that :-)

Donation by Katherine Vucicevic on 01/03/13


Donation by Robyn Williams on 19/02/13



Donation by Anonymous on 11/02/13


+ £0.75 Gift Aid

Donation by Lindsey Connell on 01/02/13


+ £7.50 Gift Aid

Donation summary

  • * Online donations£358,097.76
  • Offline donations£364,054.00
  • Text donations£21,488.00
  • Total raised£743,639.76
  • Gift Aid£47,000.24

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