Baby Eva plays the role of Minnie Blake in Hollyoaks and is looked after on set by her ‘Nanna Caz’.
Minnie Blake is heavily involved in storylines on Hollyoaks and has been since she was born. Eva’s family feel that Hollyoaks are approaching the storylines in a very positive way and are dispelling myths as they go along; the first one being that babies with Down’s syndrome are always born to older mothers. The character of Maxine (Minnie’s mother, played by Nikki Sanderson) is only 31 and is the same age as Alana who is Eva’s real mum.
The experience for Eva at Hollyoaks has been a really positive one: it is almost as if the actors and crew at Lime Pictures are her second family, (particularly Nikki and lovely Jeremy Sheffield who plays Minnie’s father – “the evil Patrick Blake”!)
Eva’s Nanna Caz (and her Nanna Sue) are also members of Accrington Lions, who this year held a family fun day to raise awareness and funds for the Down’s Syndrome Association.
The managers of Snuffy’s Bar went all out to decorate the venue and make sure it was a fantastic day. Events on the day included a disco and karaoke, toy stall, sweet stall, craft stall, craft competitions, cake stall, raffle, “Minnie” auction, professional photographer and much more. Ants Geraghty, Accrington Lions very own hairy biker, even shaved his much loved and cared for beard off to raise funds!
When Eva’s family collected all the pledges and sponsorship money, Accrington Lions generously topped up the amount to £1500!
The day was such a success, the Accrington Lions have been asked by members of the public if they can add the day to their annual calendar of community events! A massive thank you from everyone at the DSA to everyone involved in a wonderful day.
If you would like to follow Baby Eva’s lead and raise awareness and money for the DSA, contact us for some fantastic fundraising ideas: 0333 1212 300