Events across district to raise charity cash

Anna Verrico and family before her charity race, which raised �20,000 for Cancer Research.
Anna Verrico and family before her charity race, which raised �20,000 for Cancer Research.

Bells readers have rallied to try to help an Isle mum in her battle against a form of cancer.

As mum Anna Verrico battles cancer in London, her family is campaigning to raise cash to pay for a revolutionary treatment, which could change the way all cancers are dealt with.

Team Verrico volunteers.

Team Verrico volunteers.

The Bells reported last week that 36-year-old mum Anna received the devastating news that her cancer had returned and had spread - just five months after being given a complete all clear.

Anna, of Epworth, who is currently in a Harley Street clinic, has now received two cycles of platinum based chemotherapy and is responding well to initial treatment.

A biopsy of the tumour was taken from Anna’s lung and is being now cloned , so the next course of treatment can be focused on the drugs most likely to work.

In just two weeks the fundraisers have raised £7,000 of the £30,000 required.

And fundraising activities continue apace.

Events include:

Husband Paul’s employer, law firm Eversheds, is holding a dress down and cake bake sale tomorrow and Sunspot Hair Salon in Epworth is holding Pink Mania day on Sunday.

Sue Taylor of exercise company IsleLoseit is hosting a fitness camp on the same day at the Thurlow Playing field – visitors can try bootcamp, kettlebells and boxercise for a contribution to the fighting fund.

Epworth Plumbing and heating engineering Kevin Shingler will offer his plumbing and heating engineer services over the week from October 28, and donate all his earnings to the Verrico appeal. Kevin can be contacted on 07786 756813.

Paul Verrico, speaking to the Bells from London, said that the whole family was ‘moved’ by the incredible response from the local community.

“We’ve had people who don’t even know us doing sponsored runs, bike rides and cake bakes – and Absolute cabs calling from nowhere to donate some of their takings for the next week – the generosity of spirit has been incredible.

“Everyone is united with one aim – getting Lucia and Alessandro’s mummy back home. We are having some wristbands delivered on Friday which will be in the local shops – they bear the message ‘Don’t ever give up’ – and we won’t.”

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