Article: Louis Tomlinson donates signed Doncaster Rovers’ shirt to Team Verrico’s auction
June 24th, 2018: Louis Tomlinson donated an autographed Doncaster Rovers’ shirt to be auctioned off at the annual Team Verrico’s ball. The ball took place on June 16th at The Baths Hall in Scunthorpe and this year’s theme was the carnival. The ball included a three courses meal, entertainment, a raffle, and the auction Louis’ autographed shirt was part of.
Team Verrico is a charity which was founded in memory of Anna Verrico. Anna died of Triple Negative Breast Cancer in 2013 at the age of 36. Anna was a young mother who had always been passionate about volunteering for the community. When she was in her 20s Anna volunteered full-time for a charity that supported individuals suffering from depression and sadness. Anna was also passionate about fundraising for various charities. One time she climbed the Sydney Harbour Bridge to support a school for the deaf in Doncaster and another time she abseiled down a skyscraper of Bridgewater Place in Leeds to raise money for the MacMillan cancer charity. Anna was very athletic and lived a healthy lifestyle, which made the cancer diagnosis after the birth of her second child in 2012 even more shocking for her family.
After the cancer diagnosis, Anna underwent surgery and chemotherapy. While in remission in the summer of 2013, she signed up for a half marathon and enlisted the help of dozens of friends to raise funds for cancer research. Unfortunately, she was not in good enough shape to run a half marathon. Refusing to use a buggy or a mobility scooter, she was able to convince the organizers of the half marathon to activate a “fun run” which she completed without help, fulfilling the requirement for fundraising. Unfortunately, Anna passed away the following November.
Anna’s family and friends continued her legacy by founding the charity that took on the name of the running team that participated in the 2013 half marathon, “Team Verrico”. The charity states on their page “We are Team Verrico, we bring hope where there is none.” The charity offers three types of support for people who are diagnosed with cancer and in particular Triple Negative Breast Cancer:
- They help connect patients with top surgeons and oncologists, to investigate the best treatment options. The charity has a particularly strong connection with Harley Street clinics.
- They provide free psychological support to patients and their families.
- They provide practical help and support with everyday tasks, including transportation to doctor’s appointments and cleaning. The charity pays particular attention to the needs of families with children under the age of 18.
Team Verrico also supports scientific research and education on Triple Negative Breast Cancer. There are currently two projects supported by the charity: one of the projects is the research thesis of a Ph.D. student at the University of Sheffield and the other is a project run by Professor Stebbing at Imperial College London, who works on Triple Negative Breast Cancer.
The auction at the Team Verrico’s ball was set to raise thousands of pounds for the much-needed work the charity does for cancer patients. The charity is also supported by donations directly to their page. Visit their page at this link if you want to help support Team Verrico’s work.
Pictures credit: Team Verrico’s website.