London Landmarks supporter stories

Lucy Attree (wish child)

Lucy at standing with her brother and a GM hockey team member at the training ground

Meet Lucy

Lucy, 14, was living with Hodgkin's Lymphoma and undergoing intense cancer treatment. Her wish was to meet and train with the GB hockey team however, as they were training hard for the 2016 Rio Olympics at the time, this element of her wish had to be put on hold. Lucy was therefore offered a wish enhancement – to perform in Pantomime!

Treading the boards

“It was such an incredible experience as I was surprised at school in a PE lesson on live TV by Fearne McCann on ‘This Morning’s Week of Wishes’. I was sent straight to Liverpool where I was greeted by Alison Hammond and all the cast who were performing Cinderella at the Floral Pavilion.”

Straight away the cast got Lucy set up with a costume and some lines to read. The very next day, she performed in the pantomime as the Fairy Godmother’s Assistant.

Lucy and Alison Hammond in their costumes back stage, ready to perform in the pantomime.
Lucy meeting Sam Quek, holding the signed England shirt she was given.

"Oh no you didn't!"

As an added treat, Lucy’s Wishgranter arranged for GB hockey player Sam Quek to surprise her in the dressing room with a signed shirt.

Lucy said: “It was such a huge shock and she even sat in the audience with my family... my nerves were even higher going on stage knowing she’d be watching. But I honestly wanted to stay and do every performance till right after Christmas!”

Encore

A few months later, we were thrilled to be able to grant Lucy’s wish! A surprise letter through the door told her that she was to meet and train with the GB women’s hockey team, who had recently won gold at the Olympics. She was taken to the squad’s training ground in a Rolls Royce, greeted by the team and shown around their brand new training facilities. Later, she watched them play against Ireland and received a 1:1 training session with Susannah Townsend.

Lucy training with GB hockey team member, Susannah Townsend.
Lucy standing with Susannah Townsend and wearing her Olympic gold medal.

“I was so excited as I absolutely love playing hockey and when I was on treatment for cancer, being told to ease off sport and rest my body took such a huge impact on my mental health, fitness and self-confidence. Playing hockey has to be my happy place. This day made my love for the sport even stronger! After my wish I was invited by the squad to Lee Valley to walk out with them before the game and was given VIP tickets to watch them against Argentina." 

Lucy and her brother in the stand at the England vs Argentina match, with the pitch in the background.

Lucy and her brother at the England vs. Argentina match

"Both of those experiences were extraordinary and to this day I feel so lucky to have been granted this once in a lifetime opportunity, especially after being invited to Lee Valley a couple of times. I hold Make A Wish so close to my heart and that’s why it feels so right to run the London Landmarks Half Marathon for you guys. I would love to help grant other children’s wishes by allowing them to have just as good memories as I did, as they’ll last a lifetime!"

Lucy, wish child and Make-A-Wish fundraiser

Lucy’s Wish Story will forever be incredible, and we’re so excited to have her on the 2020 Landmarks team so that she can help to create even more Wish Stories for other children and their families.

Other inspirational stories

Everyone has a different reason for supporting Make-A-Wish - read about some of our other #WishHeroes below.

Read Dawn's story

Dawn is a Paediatric Oncology Nurse and Make-A-Wish fundraiser.

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Read Padraig's story

Padraig is the brother of a wish child and is fundraising for Make-A-Wish.

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