I only met Anna the once, in November 2013, and yes I was dressed as the Bunny, but she was laughing, scared and excited all at the same time, (I think it was more to do with walking out onto the pitch then meeting the Bunny, or I hope so).
I think it sums it all up when both sets of fans (we were playing Accrington and Anna couldn't help but do her 'Accrington! who are they?' joke from the TV ad) gave her an unprompted standing ovation and not a word was spoken when it was explained to a few thousand people why donations were needed. The human tragedy of a fit, beautiful girl with two little kids ravaged by some hideous disease was awful.
I was as utterly shocked as anyone to find out that Anna has died just three days later. I couldn't believe that someone who was laughing with me on the Saturday was gone on the Tuesday night
When Anna's death was announced at the next game, Torquay United, I had the honour of walking out on to the pitch a very special little girl who stood at the centre circle, while the stadium was in silence listening to the announcer explain what had happened, with 22 players and 4 officials in perfect formation - and this little girl whispered in to me 'lets run and kick the ball'. I honestly didn’t know should I laugh cry or just let her.
Where I was going with this is to say with how brave Anna was. I know it has been passed on into the family. One person stunned a community. Team Verrico is part of Scunthorpe United.
Glyn aka SCUNNY BUNNY