Like many of us here, I came to be involved in the Team Verrico mission following a stint as trainee in Paul's team at Eversheds. I joined in the midst of the fight, meeting Paul and learning of Anna's illness in January 2013.
Team Verrico, in its infancy, was about raising money for cancer research, providing funds to a research project that may just mean that no one else would face the same battle as Anna. Those more athletic than I planned to run the Isle of Axholme half marathon. For my part, a street collection on the route to drum up support for our cause.
Just days before the run, Anna and Paul received the most devastating news, but instead of hiding away there came a call to arms. I looked at myself and my loved ones and thought how unfair this damned disease was. I resolved to do what I could to ensure others would not have to face the incomprehensible prospect of leaving loved ones behind. In a week, we raised over £15,000 for the University of Sheffield’s research.
When the goals changed and we needed to support Anna's treatment, fundraising ideas come from far and wide. Inspired by Anna's determination, the collective strength and generosity of people over those few weeks was simply amazing. Although for Anna, time was just too short, the battle has not been lost. In Anna’s name, driven by Anna’s strength, the fight is well and truly on.
Anna, Paul and Team Verrico taught me a valuable lesson in 2013: no matter the odds, no matter the obstacles, no matter what, never EVER give up.
Head of Fundraising