Thurlby footballing fun runners collect £1,200 in memory of baby Lucie

Thurlby Tigers who raised �1,278 for For Lucie at the Thurlby Fun Run
Thurlby Tigers who raised �1,278 for For Lucie at the Thurlby Fun Run
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A COUPLE have received a cheque for the charity they set up in memory of their daughter.

Thurlby Tigers Football Club ran the fun run in the village in July in aid of For Lucie, a charity set up by Jon and Trish Page, of Witham-on-the-Hill.

Jon and Trish’s nephew Alexander Eacott plays for the team.

The team raised £1,278, which the club presented to Trish and Jon on Saturday during their race night.

Sunday marked what would have been Lucie’s first birthday. She died aged just 16 days old from meningitis.

Trish said: “Sunday was an absolutely horrible day but it was so lovely to get the cheque from the Thurlby Tigers just the day before.

“To raise that amount of money was incredible and we are incredibly grateful to the team.”

After Lucie died donations were made to Meningitis UK in her name and about £10,000 was raised before For Lucie got charitable status. Since then £11,000 has been gone towards For Lucie, which was set up because her parents wanted to be able to choose how the money raised was spent.

Trish and Jon, who are also parents to three-year-old Francesca, have just started distributing the money and £2,500 has gone towards a research project being run at Great Ormond Street Hospital by the consultant who cared for Lucie in her last hours at the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham.

A further donation is planned to be made to the Queen’s Medical Centre for a bereavement training project for nurses.

Trish said: “It is incredible to think what we have achieved and it gives Lucie’s short life a purpose.”

To find out more visit www.forlucie.com, where there are links to the Facebook and Twitter pages.