London 2 Brighton for little Georgia

08 June 2016
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Stacie completed the 2016 London 2 Brighton Challenge in memory of a very special little girl called Georgia. Stacie tells us why she took on the challenge:

"Hi, my name is Stacie Louise Bousfield. I am 24 years old and work as a teaching assistant and holiday club play leader. Through my job I get to work with some truly incredible children. I decided to take on this challenge because of one of these children.

Cheeky Georgia

She truly brought the party to the club. Her beautiful smile was enough to light up a room. And then, suddenly, everything changed.For three years I had the great privilege of looking after an amazing little girl called Georgia Verona Anastasia Abberley.

This cheeky little character attended the holiday club I work at during school holidays. She truly brought the party to the club. Her beautiful smile was enough to light up a room. And then, suddenly, everything changed.

Diagnosed with leukaemia

We received the news that Georgia had been diagnosed with leukaemia.

A true inspiration to all. I know her class mates, and all who knew her, could not have been prouder of her through her treatment.Writing this now I still get that heart-stopping feeling when I hear the ‘c’ word. But that is the most amazing thing about this story - many of us fear the word ‘cancer’, but this amazing child was not scared.

It did not take away her smile. It was never going to stop her! She battled for many months with that cheeky little smile all the way through it. A true inspiration to all. I know her class mates, and all who knew her, could not have been prouder of her through her treatment.

Choosing the challenge

Go for Gold GeorgiaLast year, on the 28th May 2015, I decided to cut 15 inches off my hair for the Little Princess Trust to support the treatment which Georgia was undergoing.

This year, however, I wanted to take on a challenge to commemorate Georgia's strength through her treatment. When I found the London 2 Brighton Challenge I could not believe it was taking place a year to the day from when I cut my hair. I then found out that Georgia's Birthday was also on 28th May!

The perfect day for the perfect cause! 100km from Richmond Common to Brighton Racecourse.

It was a challenge I just had to accept, and Children with Cancer UK was my chosen charity.

Devastating news - I'm even more determined to succeed

Forever eight years old. Forever smiling. I was more determined than ever to complete this challenge in memory of her courage.

After deciding on the challenge I received the devastating news that our beautiful angel had sadly passed away on the 13th December 2015.

Forever eight years old. Forever smiling. I was more determined than ever to complete this challenge in memory of her courage.

A successful, and emotional, challenge

It was such a special and emotional journey.

Part of the challenge route passed the hospital where Georgia received the most precious treatment. This is where she met many special friends, such as her lovely Ellie and Jake who are now holding hands with her as they rest.

Stacie at the London 2 Brighton ChallengeI am so proud to have reached the finish line in Brighton.

I’m even more overwhelmed with the support I received, and being able to raise so much money for such an amazing charity.

I hope the money can help others like our beautiful girl. Rest in sweet peace precious xxxx"

Stacie, June 2016

Thank you Stacie

Stacie has so far raised over £1,500. Thank you Stacie, and well done.

Stacie is still taking donations:

Donate to Stacie’s London 2 Brighton Challenge on JustGiving

Georgia had Acute myeloid leukaemia.

Read more: London 2 Brighton Challenge | Acute myeloid leukaemia | Treating childhood cancer 

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