EDP Norfolk - - The Mardler -

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.

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