Teen’s spirit sails on at club

Spirit of Lucy-Anne launch.

Spirit of Lucy-Anne launch.

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The mother of a teenage girl, who died from cancer, had to be consoled last Sunday as a boat honouring her daughter’s life was unveiled.

The Spirit of Lucy-Anne, a training dinghy which was paid for by proceeds from a charity calendar, was ceremoniously unveiled at Witham Sailing Club.

Spirit of Lucy-Anne launch.

Spirit of Lucy-Anne launch.

The club named the boat as a tribute to 19-year-old Lucy-Anne Lumb, who suffered from the Epstein-Barr virus which disguised Lucy’s lymphoma cancer with symptoms similar to Glandular Fever.

Lucy’s father Steve Lumb and club commodore Ceri Morgan, unveiled the boat and ceremoniously poured champagne to christen it, as mother Judy watched, in tears, from the crowd.

Mr Lumb said: “Lucy-Anne’s spirit was, in her 19-years, that she always wanted to do something.

“She said young people need to travel, make friends do things you can, there’s a whole world out there.”

Mr Lumb, then presented the club with a picture frame containing photographs of Lucy-Anne and an explanation of her life, saying that when youngsters use the boat and ask about the name, the club can show them the meaning behind it.

Mr Morgan said: “We thought it fitting, since we shared the proceeds, that the new vessel we bought should be named after Judy and Steve’s daughter, Lucy-Anne.”

The money was raised for the boat through a charity calendar organised by former Boston Borough Councillors Carol Taylor and Mary Wright, with pictures from local photographer Chris Lewis.

Half of the proceeds went to Mr and Mrs Lumb and the donation will help research the Epstein-Barr Virus.

The Epstein-Barr Virus is responsible for Glandular Fever and exists in almost 95 per cent of the world’s population but is normally kept under control by our immune systems. However, in rare circumstances it can introduce and set off a very aggressive form of Lymphoma Cancer.