I live in Shanghai and spend my days working as Corporate Counsel for Johnson Matthey’s ECT Division in Asia. However, I started my legal career as Paul Verrico’s trainee at Eversheds in Leeds back in 2007. Under Paul’s tutelage I learnt an appreciation for waistcoats and garish coloured ink, in the other words the fundamentals of being a successful solicitor, and we became firm friends.
Then in 2012 I heard the news of Anna diagnosis with cancer. I still recall the shock at hearing this, it seemed unbearably cruel. Like many others I was inspired by Paul and Anna’s resilience and determination to overcome this and protect their young family. Not only that but, typical of Anna’s spirit, they resolved to raise funds to help others overcome cancer. Inspired by their courage and determination I ran the Paris Marathon in April 2012 to pay tribute to them and raise money for cancer research at University of Sheffield.
Then in the late summer of 2013 came the most awful news. Anna’s cancer had returned and the outlook was very bleak. In the face of this adversity Team Verrico was born. The initial aim was to support Paul and Anna and raise funds for her treatment. The response from Anna’s friends, family and the wider community was astonishing. It was clear that Anna had had a tremendous impact on all the lives she had touched. So many people were desperate to try and help her, just as she had helped them.
In the end our efforts were not enough to save Anna but her example remains an inspiration and the motto of Team Verrico “never, ever give up” lives on. I am proud to be a part of Team Verrico as we strive to help those in extremely difficult situations, just as Anna would have done.
Head of Research