Hitchin brain tumour survivor on awareness mission

A WOMAN who has beaten a brain tumour twice is all set to do a skydive.

Lucy Pinkstone from Hitchin was diagnosed with a brain tumour when she was five and was treated with radiotherapy and chemotherapy.

The tumour came back when she was 12, and by this time, technology had advanced and doctors were able to operate.

Now, the 27-year-old teaching assistant at St Christopher School in Letchworth GC has fully recovered and wants to raise money for research.

She has said that she is inspired by a pupil at her school, five-year-old Zach Chowdhury, who was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour in his brain stem.

“I’m so inspired by Zach,” said Lucy. “Despite his condition, he always has a smile on his face.

“I was lucky to pull through, but I’m eager to find a solution, for people like Zach. There is still hope out there.

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“For me, it’s about raising the awareness as much as raising the money.”

The skydive takes place on Sunday, and Lucy has paid for it all for herself so that all the money raised goes to her charity, the Children’s Brain Tumour Research Centre.

So far, she has raised �700 but she hopes to raise �2,000 by the end.

“I’m really nervous - I’m basically going to be jumping two miles, which will not be easy,” she added.

“I did think about doing something else like a sponsored walk, but I thought by doing something bigger, more people would sit up and take notice.”

To sponsor Lucy, visit www.justgiving.com/lucy-pinkstone