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£1,009raised of £9,000 target by 49 supporters

    Weʼve raised £1,009 to Give something back to the teams, communities and charities that have supported my family and I.

    Durham, United Kingdom
    Funded on Tuesday, 17th October 2017

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    This is my beautiful girl, Lucia May Smith at Disneyland Paris in April 2017.
    In April 2016, Lucia was diagnosed with cancer, a Wilms' tumour. On 16th May 2017, my darling girl died from anaplastic Wilms' tumour.

    She fought like a true warrior princess for just over a year. She was a delightful, happy little girl with a smile that lit up a room. She was radiant, graceful and touched the hearts of everyone she met. This was evident in so many ways including earlier this year when my wonderful friend Charlotte set up a just giving page to raise funds to make Lucia’s wish come true to go to Disneyland Paris.

    Not only did Lucia have to contend with cancer, its gruelling effects and treatment but she was also diagnosed with Phelan McDermid syndrome (22q13 deletion) just after her 4th Birthday.

    As Lucia’s mother, I spent years caring for her, especially in the last year. My son, her brother Archie was 6 when she died and had to spend his 7th Birthday without his gorgeous big sister.

    Why am I raising money? To give something back, to challenge myself, to try and somehow fill a gap that will never be filled, to keep myself busy and to leave something behind in Lucia’s memory.

    Money raised will be used to give a little something back to the teams, communities and charities that helped me, Lucia and Archie over the last year and that will continue to help us in the coming months and years. I will continue to update this page over the next year with details of how we are raising money and who we are giving that money to.
    We have already raised close to £1500 for CLIC Sargent through the retiring collection at Lucia’s funeral in lieu of flowers.

    Lucia was 9 when she died, so my thoughts are, in the next year I will complete 9 different challenges and raise at least £9,000. I invite you, my friends, to join me on any of these challenges. Every challenge done in Lucia’s memory.
    So let’s get started;
    Challenge Number One – Saturday 17th June! (short notice!



    • Gemma Smith1 year ago
      Gemma Smith

      Gemma Smith

      1 year ago

      Challenge Number 4 - DONE! 99.9km bike ride; Lanchester, Ushaw, Crook, Ireshopeburn, Allenheads. Thank you for your continued support through Justgiving and the man on Deerness Valley Way who contributed in memory of Lucia xx Miss you gorgeous girl xx

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    • Gemma Smith1 year ago
      Gemma Smith

      Gemma Smith

      1 year ago

      CHALLENGE NUMBER FOUR - 99.9km bike ride on Saturday 16th September. This will be tough the last bike ride I did was 4km! Starting at Lanchester, to Ushaw, to Crook, to Ireshopeburn, to Allenheads and then home. See what we did there?!xx Thank you for your continued support.

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    • Gemma Smith1 year ago
      Gemma Smith

      Gemma Smith

      1 year ago

      On 15th July, Leo held a cake sale at his house. He raised £330 in memory of Lucia. Leo's Mum, Lucia's Auntie Anj, matched the amount. another £660 raised in memory of Lucia. This money will go directly to the Toma Fund. xx

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    Page last updated on: 10/13/2017 4:31 PM



    • Julie Davison

      Julie Davison

      Oct 13, 2017

      Wonderful tribute to your gorgeous daughter. Best wishes to you.


    • Jane, Phil & Oscar

      Jane, Phil & Oscar

      Oct 12, 2017

      You're an inspiration Gemma xxxx


    • Zoe Passfield

      Zoe Passfield

      Oct 1, 2017

      An amazing thing to be doing, happy to offer support. From a friend of SJ’s xxx


    • Ceri


      Oct 1, 2017

      💕 lots of love to you as you raise this money in memory of beautiful Lucia xxxxxxxxx


    • Rhiannon Bigham

      Rhiannon Bigham

      Oct 1, 2017

      Good luck - hope it went well xx


    • Mary Myers

      Mary Myers

      Oct 1, 2017

    • Danielle Knox

      Danielle Knox

      Sep 30, 2017

      Gemma this is all the cash everyone gave me for the GNR. I thought of Lucia all the way round she inspired me to keep fighting just as she did. Love you all xxx


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