HITTING THE HEIGHTS FOR MAISIE
A group of friends from Wymondham has completed a gruelling ascent up a mountain higher than Ben Nevis, in the soaring temperatures of a Mediterranean heatwave, followed by a challenging swim across Lake Como. This wasn’t just English tourists going mad in the midday sun; they did it to raise funds for the Teenage Cancer Trust’s C9 ward at Addenbrookes’ Hospital.
The event was inspired by Maisie Colquhoun, from Wymondham, who was diagnosed with Ewings Sarcoma when she was 15. Maisie received chemotherapy and a stem cell transplant at Addenbrooke’s but died shortly after her 17th birthday.
Maisie and her family wanted to ensure that every young person with cancer knows about and has access to the Teenage Cancer Trust’s treatment units and the wonderful support they give not only to the patient but the whole family.
Alfie Carpenter from Norwich received treatment for leukaemia at a TCT unit for three years. “The TCT ward I was treated on was a true life saver for me. At a time when I felt a bit lost in life and my health was in chaos, the TCT gave me a sense of purpose and a reason to smile among all the madness of having cancer.
“Thankfully, my story has a happy ending. I went on to graduate from university and become a practising artist and am now six years cancer free and fully recovered. Many of my friends weren’t so fortunate, which is why it is vital we keep on supporting the TCT.” Team Maisie hope to reach their goal of £10,000 so if you would like to donate visit www.themaisie100.com
A group of friends from Wymondham by Lake Como in Italy. The group is part of ‘Team Maisie’, which is raising money for the C9 Teenage Cancer Trust Unit at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in memory of Maisie Colquhoun.