Friends of Moulton girl Lily take on Tough Mudder challenge

TOUGH MUDDERS: Some of the group who have entered the Tough Mudder 10k at Belvoir Castle, near Grantham, in May to raise at least �500 to send Moulton brain tumour survivor Lily Sandell and her family on holiday.  Pictured are, from left, Liane Silvester, Kelly Beba, Andy Cranke, Debbie and Nick Craft, Chloe Wright, Steve Forsyth and Sylvia Mackman.  Photo supplied.
TOUGH MUDDERS: Some of the group who have entered the Tough Mudder 10k at Belvoir Castle, near Grantham, in May to raise at least �500 to send Moulton brain tumour survivor Lily Sandell and her family on holiday. Pictured are, from left, Liane Silvester, Kelly Beba, Andy Cranke, Debbie and Nick Craft, Chloe Wright, Steve Forsyth and Sylvia Mackman. Photo supplied.
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Moulton youngster Lily Sandell (10) and her family WILL have the holiday they missed out on last summer because of complications with her brain tumour.

A group of friends from Moulton, Holbeach, Spalding and Moulton Seas End have signed up for the Tough Mudder 10-mile event at Belvoir Castle, Grantham, in May to raise money and send the Sandells on a holiday of their choice.

Lily Sandell who is receiving treatment for a brain tumour and hydrocephalus (excess fluid in the brain).  Photo by Tim Wilson.  SG090218-125TW.

Lily Sandell who is receiving treatment for a brain tumour and hydrocephalus (excess fluid in the brain). Photo by Tim Wilson. SG090218-125TW.

Lily, whose brain tumour and hydrocephalus (excess fluid in the brain) was featured in our sister newspaper, the Lincolnshire Free Press, last Tuesday, had her family holiday in France cut short last August after an adverse scan.

The Tough Mudder team includes Moulton registered childminder and mum-of-four Debbie Craft (43), who said: “I’ve known Lily and her family for years and when they had to cut short their holiday after just two days, it really hit us hard.

“So myself and my husband went round to Lily’s parents to tell them that about nine or ten of us had agreed to enter this year’s Tough Mudder race to raise money so that we can send them on holiday.

“We didn’t know whether the Sandells would accept it or whether they would want us to donate the money we raise to the Brain Tumour Charity that Lily is doing a cake sale for in Moulton on Saturday, March 3.

I’ve known Lily and her family for years and when they had to cut short their holiday after just two days, it really hit us hard

Debbie Craft, of Moulton

“But because it’s coming from close friends, the family was happy to accept our help.

“A few friends and business have sponsored us but it would be nice if we could get some more to come forward and show Lily’s family that we’re thinking of them at this time.”

Jannine Sandell, Lily’s mum, said: “She had her routine scan two days before we went on holiday last August.

“Normally, Lily would then see the consultant three weeks later which gave us time to drive to France.

“But the consultant rang us a couple of days into our holiday and said there was a problem, so we decided to come back to England.

“When Debbie told us about Tough Mudder, we were completely overwhelmed and gobsmacked because we were expecting them to raise money for the Brain Tumour Charity.

“We’re still trying to take it in and it shows what a wonderful community Moulton is to live in that people would do this for us.”

Debbie said: “The Sandell family have been through so much over the last couple of years.

“But whenever you see them, they always have big smiles on their face and never seem to let things get them down.

“We just think they truly deserve a family break so myself and my husband Nick visited them at their home to tell them what we were doing and the reason why.

“They were literally speechless but I did get a text later from Jannine saying they were all overwhelmed.”

To support Tough Mudder Runners, go to https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/toughmudderrunners

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