I became involved in helping to facilitate raising funds for Team Verrico in the summer of 2013. I sometimes saw Anna in passing when dropping off our children at the same nursery. It was always a quick ‘hello’ and then I didn’t see her for a long time until one day in June 2013, when I didn’t recognize her. The next day she pulled up on the side of the road where I was walking and told me what had happened. We talked for a good while and I remember coming home telling my husband about her, how lovely she was; enigmatic, charming and incredibly beautiful. The passing hello had been broken but I only saw her twice after this, there was no time left.
After losing my sister 11 years ago, under very different circumstances, my compassion for Paul's determination and the Charity is endless. The death of a core part of any family is devastating. Paul's strength and the support he showed his wife in absolute adversity is beyond admirable and a total and constant inspiration to all of the team – which drives us all forward into helping anyone in the same circumstances.
My ‘day job’ consists of commercial property development for a private developer plus all associated finance and property litigation. With work colleagues, a village and of course Anna in common with Paul, I was honoured to be asked, as I am to be part of Team Verrico.