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Five-year old Lucie Simpson held a bake sale in Market Deeping to raise money for brain cancer charity Tom's Trust



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A five-year-old given 48 hours to live shortly after she was born has hosted a bake sale to raise money for Tom’s Trust.

Lucie Simpson from Market Deeping was supporting a charity that helped both her and her family when she was diagnosed with a brain tumour.

She was born three weeks prematurely in July 2016 and her mother noticed her head was becoming larger, her veins more prominent and she wasn't feeding.

The Simpson family decided to raise money for Tom's Trust. Photo: David Pearson
The Simpson family decided to raise money for Tom's Trust. Photo: David Pearson

After her six-week check up Lucie was taken to Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge for MRI scans. She was diagnosed with a brain tumour and fluid on the brain.

Lucie’s parents, Philippa and Mark, were understandably concerned.

Philippa said: “We were really shocked and worried when we were given the news.”

Lucie was diagnosed with a brain tumour and fluid on the brain as a baby. Photo: David Pearson
Lucie was diagnosed with a brain tumour and fluid on the brain as a baby. Photo: David Pearson

With two other children, then aged six and two, Philippa was worried about having to leave them while she stayed in hospital with Lucie.

One of the first treatments Lucie was put on couldn't be continued because it made her too ill.

Her consultant stopped all treatment in late December 2016 and told her parents Lucie may not survive the weekend. They were told to say goodbye.

When Lucie was in hospital, a psychologist from Tom's Trust came to see the family to give support.

Councillor Bob Broughton came to support the charity and bake sale. Photo: David Pearson
Councillor Bob Broughton came to support the charity and bake sale. Photo: David Pearson

Tom's Trust is a charity that provides psychological support to children with brain tumours and their families.

“I was really worried about telling my children that their sister won’t be with us any more but will instead be a star in heaven,” Philippa said.

Miraculously, Lucie survived.

She now attends William Hildyard Primary School in Market Deeping and despite having poor fine motor skills and being smaller than average, she tries to do everything her peers do.

Philippa said: "She's definitely giving life a good go."

The family decided to hold a bake sale on their drive on Saturday (October 16) to raise money for Tom's Trust.

Lucie baked cakes, biscuits and gingerbread. Through sales and donations, about £55 was raised.

The following day Lucie's father completed the Cambridge Half Marathon and brought in £410 more through sponsorship.

Philippa said: “I don’t think that brain tumours and brain cancer are talked about enough and we really want to try to raise awareness."

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