Lucy Veritys fundraising for the Teenage Cancer Trust and the Bone Cancer Research Trust

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Raising money for Teenage Cancer Trust and Bone Cancer Research Trust



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Early in 2021 during the height of covid Lucy, aged 19 years at the time, received the devastating diagnosis of Ewing's Sarcoma (primary bone cancer) in her pelvis and further nodules of Ewing's Sarcoma on her lungs.

For over 3 years now (Lucy is now into her 4th year of treatment)Lucy has been undergoing a gruelling treatment regime for her cancer. She has undergone 24 chemotherapy infusions varying in length from 2 days to a week long at St James Leeds as an inpatient and is currently undertaking another batch of chemotherapy which started in March 2024 and this will take 4 months, current regime is 5 days of chemo at Leeds with 2 weeks off. Most of Lucy's chemotherapy's has resulted in Lucy getting neutropenia and sepsis meaning she has spent long periods of time in hospital having iv antibiotics and numerous blood and platelet transfusions - it was a vicious cycle. She has had major surgery on her pelvis at Birmingham Royal Orthopaedic Hospital which resulted in her getting a severe mrsa resistant infection and led to two further surgeries to tackle the infection and an additional month in hospital in Birmingham - the process of getting Lucy's infection to heal was a slow arduous one and the drugs she was on for this caused her to need lots of blood transfusions.She has had 6 weeks proton therapy at Christie's in Manchester alongside her chemotherapy. She also had 12 radiotherapy sessions at Leeds. Overall she has spent hundreds on nights in hospital at all three locations.

In 2023 Lucy had a very strong 7 days chemo and this resulted in her getting Endocarditis (infection of the heart lining) whilst also contracting covid in hospital. She was on a nasal feed tube as her appetite during those batches of chemotherapy had disappeared and she was not a fan of being fed something that looks akin to Banana Milkshake down her tube overnight every evening. She modelled some lovely very sticky tape on her cheek and nose to hold her tube in place and stated that I (her Mum) would never make it as a nurse! She has been without the tube for quite a while now and eating solid foods again now so the joys of nipping to a cafe for a hot chocolate and cake or a sausage sandwich from Bordar Houser Teas are available to her again!

Lucy has dealt with her treatments with stoicism and determination despite at times suffering dreadfully with the side effects of the type of brutal chemotherapy she needed for her type of cancer. She named her IV stand 'Britney' after the song 'Toxic' and saved a fortune on shampoo and our home became a '' family joke! She got to see the sights of Leeds, Birmingham and Manchester (top of most people's holiday destinations - not!) Prior to starting treatment Lucy was an active member of Masham Ladies Cricket team and Ripon Bluebelles Ladies Rugby team and still likes to watch them when she is feeling well enough or occasionally train with them still when she is up to it. The car knew the route to Leeds, Birmingham and Manchester on auto pilot and Lucy for the first time Lucy got to experience the joys of 'Deliveroo' when she'd had enough of hospital food and when she was able to eat.

Most of Lucy's treatment was undertaken during the height of covid which meant that protocol meant that social isolation was added to the cocktail of complications. We couldn't have managed without the support of the staff from the Teenage Cancer Trust, the TCT nurses and youth workers were able to visit Lucy when in isolation. The TCT nurses co-ordinated Lucy's complex treatment plan. The TCT also has a specialised ward in Leeds where there is a day room with pool table, games etc where they can chill and meet with other TCT patients. The Bone Cancer Research Trust receive no government funding, every penny raised counts in helping research, support and give information on primary bone cancer - kinder treatments are desperately needed for this brutal cancer as current treatments are barbaric. This type of cancer while rare tends to affect children, teenagers and young adults. They have been very supportive over the last couple of years.

We are grateful that we live in a beautiful location surrounded by countryside, Lucy's animal and family, friends and our community. Not everyone is as fortunate. The TCT cannot reach all patients due to lack of funding - I cannot imagine Lucy's treatment journey without them and we raise funds in hope that more teenagers and young adults can be supported by them.


Oliver (Lucy's brother) ran a mile an hour for 24 hours in 2021 and raised hundreds.

Lucy's Aunty Frankie and dear friend Jo Living had a car boot raising £550.

Freddie Cleary busked at Ripon raising a fabulous £245.

Helen Patchett hosted a supper raising a super £330.

Yvonne Smith (Lucy's cricket buddy) ran Endure Challenge for 24 hrs raising hundreds of pounds.

The gorgeous Stansfield family had a cake stall/tombola raising an outstanding £1,011.

Masham Primary School raised an awesome £586 from a tombola and wear Lucy's favourite colours day.

Lucy's Aunty Frankie held a Moroccan supper and clothing sale raising over £400.

Thanks to the Lyall's for their doorstep plant sale raising £200.

Thanks to Lucy's Uncle Bernard who raised £292 from 60th birthday donations.

Lucy's Aunty Clare raised an awesome £100 from sale of eggs.

The ladies of Fearby WI had a raffle, sold plants and refreshments and raised £407 - wow.

Jenny Lowe had a body shop party raising a fabulous £125.

Masham Ladies cricket team had a raffle raising a awesome £88.

Irene Thornton had a duck shoot raising £355 - well done.

Jo Flynn raised £200 at a Tropic Skincare Party - awesome.

Ellie (Lucy's cousin) and her friends Katie and Rachel ran Total Warrior raising well over £1000 - what warriors!

Mason's donated 2 gin hampers raffled by Roger's butchers and Bordar House Teas which raised over £640 - Gintastic!

Julie Dow hosted a delicious Afternoon Tea raising an awesome £725.

Bedale Day Nursery (Lucy used to go there) raised £1,728 by dressing as Superhero's - they certainly are superhero's raising so much money.

Colin Whitham cycled Kent to Cape Wrath and raised over £500.

Crakehall Primary School raised an amazing £250 doing a sponsored bounce.

John Dickinson had a donation bucket at a Auto Smart event and raised over £200.

My neighbour Emmeline cycled to school and back for a whole 6 weeks raising over £160 in sponsorship - well done.

The Latta family (Kenny used to coach Lucy at Wensleydale rugby) did a epic 4 day lake district bike ride and raised hundreds of pounds in sponsorship.

BCRT bucket collection with our amazing family and friends doing the collection at Tesco Catterick raised over £464.

Ruth Patchett hosted an afternoon tea raising over a £1,000 - caketastic!

Lucy's sister Charlie organised a quiz in Newcastle raising £440.

Liz Clark (Lucy's rugby and cricket buddy) walked the 6 dales trail raising hundreds of pounds. She also did the TCT squat challenge and arranged for a raffle at the rugby club in aid of Lucy's charities. She has shown unwavering support in her fund raising and we are so grateful.

Miles Johnson (Miles Better Fitness) raised £600 at a charity Bootcamp!

Becky Foster and her daughter Fleur had a table top sale and raised a fabulous £545.

Katharine Dale (family friend) walked the equivalent distance as that from Oxford to her home near Ripon raising money for the charities.

Karen Maddison, Gill, Judith and Janet held a afternoon tea and clothes sale at North Stainley raising an awesome £1,243.

Becky, Suz and Katie (who Lucy's Mum worked with) walked 25 miles Masham to Penhill and back and raised hundreds of pounds.

Ellie Paddison (Lucy's best friend) raised ran the Great North Run in aid of BCRT and raised £915 - amazing.

The Living family asked for donations at their Farmfest event and raised hundreds of pounds - it was great fun.

Jameson's Country Store sold tickets to raffle a meat box donated by Springhill Farm Box and raised over £200. Jameson's also held a charity jumper day.

Mandy from NO 12 Greengrocer raised over £100 raffling a box donated by Betty's - thankyou.

Tracey Gill and Sharon Beaumont painted stones and knitted dishclothes in aid of Lucy's charties.

Susan Briggs kindly donated a week's holiday let income to the charities.

Jane Caress Ltd and Masham Community office hosted a jazz evening raising an amazing £1100 for Lucy's charities.

Kris Kawecki raised a fabulous £245 from his first ever Great North Run.

Masham Golf Club chose Lucy's charities has their charities for 2022 and raised a record breaking £5,530 - WOW!

Amelia Living did a 'Team Bones Dog Walk challenge' walking 100 kms in April 2023 for the BCRT and raised £140.

Ruby Beardsall is ran the London Marathon in April 2023 in aid of The Teenage Cancer Trust. Ruby is a close family friend who has know Lucy all her life and she is from Ellingstring near Masham. She raised £2,335

Lucy's wonderful cousin Josie Verity got married in 2023 and donated the proceeds from their cash donation bar at the wedding to Lucy's 2 charities raising an amazing £450 - Yay!

Lucy had two lovely friends raising money in last years Great North Run, Claire Harris ran for the TCT and raised £510 and Ellie Paddison raised £807 for the BCRT. It was a great day as we were all able to go along and watch them and the heavens literally opened at the end of the run!

I (Lucy's Mum - Gaynor) hosted a wild dip at Knaresborough Lido in December 2023 in aid of BCRT. I baked cakes and we dipped and ate cake raising an awesome £500.

So for Chris (Lucy's Dad) and our dear friend John Dickinson I arranged for them to Firewalk for their 60th birthdays in aid of BCRT - luckily for John the Firewalk date had to be moved to March 2024 and he couldn't make it, so Lucy's sister Charlie took the hot soles in his name. They have raised an amazing £1,302 for BCRT and their feet remained intact !

The next event we have coming up is a Spring wreath making workshop kindly being held by Rosemary and Twine in March 2024. We're looking forward to making wreaths and supporting the charity's.

If you wish to hold a fundraiser in 2024 to raise much needed funds for these charities, no event or amount is too small.

We are so grateful to our amazing family, friends and community for their support - it means the world to us all.

Chris, Gaynor, Charlie, Oliver and Lucy Verity xx!

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  • Teenage Cancer Trust

    RCN 1062559
  • Bone Cancer Research Trust

    RCN 1159590

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