Taylor Swift fans make incredible gesture for girl, 14, let down at last minute

Mali is now building up stretch for Friday's concert as she battles a brain tumour at Alder Hey Childrens’ Hospital
-Credit: (Image: Edge family)


A teenage Taylor Swift fan was left heartbroken after her tickets to see the star were taken away.

When Mali Edge was undergoing treatment for a brain tumour at the Christie in Manchester, the 14-year-old would always listen to Taylor Swift. Staff at the hospital remembered this when a charity offered tickets to see the world-famous artist perform at Anfield.

Mali was delighted, but disaster would strike as - for unknown reasons - the tickets were suddenly withdrawn

The youngster's dad took to X on Saturday, June 8 to share his disappointment. Under the username @edgeloading, he said: "My 14 year-old daughter was diagnosed with a brain tumour last year. Recently she was donated two tickets to see Taylor Swift in Liverpool on June 14.

"Sadly event organisers have withdrawn the tickets and obviously this has made her very upset."

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"There's not much she can look forward to but this was huge and obviously has had a huge negative impact on her. Please can you good people share this wide and far and hopefully we can make this right."

The post received hundreds of replies and thousands of shares including from Jamie Carragher. Among the messages, fellow Liverpool Switfie Ella Hooton offered her tickets to the gig. These were later upgraded to VIP status by former boxer Paul Smith.

A Taylor Swift-themed art trail has been established in Liverpool ahead of the pop superstar's arrival
A Taylor Swift-themed art trail has been established in Liverpool ahead of the pop superstar's arrival -Credit:Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Speaking to the BBC, Mali's dad, from Colwyn Bay in north Wales, said Ella's generosity was "extraordinary". He said: "We were willing to pay. I went looking for resale and there was nothing available. Within an hour, this amazing lady, Ella, gave up her own tickets."

"Mali is over the moon. I want to thank the people who have helped, their generosity is wonderful."

Mr Edge added the gig would be hugely beneficial for his daughter after the difficulties she has gone through. He said: "She's at an age where she should be blossoming, out with her friends, but she can't do that. The most important thing is that she gets there and has the time of her life."

Delyth Crisp, who is Mali's aunty, said Mali was distraught when the tickets were withdrawn. She said: "It was devastating for her, she's been really looking forward to it. Since the diagnosis, she's lost her confidence.

"She's a lovely, sweet, hilarious and wonderful girl, who's going through something that would floor most adults. Going to the concert was what she was aiming to get out and do.

"We didn't think for a minute we'd have that amount of reach and support. As a family we are so incredibly grateful. It was a sad situation but it quickly turned into a really lovely one. It was overshadowed by everyone's kindness and generosity."

Mali will head to Alder Hey Children's Hospital after the gig on Friday and will start her third round of chemotherapy the following day.

Mr Edge also praised Andy Heaton, who works for The Anfield Wrap podcast, for amplifying the story on his account. In a follow-up post, Mr Edge said: "I have no words.

Except to say thank you. Thank you for all your support and sharing etc.

"I never expected this kind of response and the support and love we have received is unbelievable. Ella, Andy and Paul are amazing and we are very humbled.

"Love, power, respect to all."