Fighting for Sunflowers

A LIVERPOOL internet prankster and have-a-go-hero will battle Mixed Martial Arts star Paddy ‘The Baddy’ Pimblett in a charity contest that is set to raise thousands of pounds for a local cancer charity. Daniel Cooper, who goes by the name ‘Danny Armarni’ on his popular Instagram page, has organised the event in his ongoing campaign to raise money for local charity Sunflowers. Liverpool CCG (NHS) will not continue to fund Sunflowers beyond the end of April as part of around £20m cuts being made by the NHS in Liverpool this year. Emma Squibb, director at Sunflowers, explained: “This means that we as a charity must now look towards the great Scouse public to help us keep the doors open and to continue supporting local cancer patients and survivors. We need to raise £100,000 to ensure a future for Sunflowers.” At any one time there are around 15,000 people being treated for cancer in Liverpool and about three times that amount are recovering from treatment. “More than half of the population of Liverpool will experience cancer at some point in their life, and the other half will be caring for them.” Emma added. “Our service is the only one in Liverpool providing a broad range of non-hospital based cancer support activities and services designed to help people back to health and fitness. It’s a charity which helps make local cancer patients into survivors. Our service is vital.” The fight night event on May 5th entitled ‘Scousers Don’t Get Knocked Out – Cancer Does!’ will see professional MMA stars and amateur boxers alike come together to raise money for Sunflowers. Paddy ‘The Baddy’ Pimblett, Chris Fishgold and Molly ‘Meatball’ McCann are all confirmed for the show at The Dome in Grand Central on Renshaw Street. This is Danny’s second fundraising event for Sunflowers following his Skydive last year that raised over £2,000. And although his scheduled fight with Paddy ‘The Baddy’ looks like a mismatch on paper, he is determined to give the former Cage Warriors champion a run for his money. “With these funding cuts, this event has become more important than I could have imagined when I started putting it together” Danny said. “This is the start of the comeback for Sunflowers. Don’t write them off and don’t write me off against Paddy. If I lose I couldn’t lose to a better person but I’m going to treat this seriously. People will have paid to see a show and they’re going to get their money’s worth.” “I hope the people of Liverpool can come together for a great night of entertainment and help keep this brilliant local charity alive. We’ve got Billie Clements DJing, raffles and auctions, and the best professional and amateur fighters this city can offer. Tickets are on sale online via  http://www.seetickets.com/tour/scousers-don-t-get-knocked-out-cancer-does-