Young Maeve takes action to support tumour sufferer

February 8, 2024


A kind-hearted 10-year-old from Goole is set to take on a 10 mile sponsored walk in support of a family friend who recently underwent surgery for a brain tumour.

Maeve Simpson is preparing to take on the sponsored walk to support Goole teaching assistant, Stacey Duffy who was diagnosed with an Optic Nerve Meningioma in 2021. After going through brain surgery which left her partially sighted, Stacey is currently gearing up to take on the London Marathon in aid of the Brain Tumour Charity and is aiming to raise £2,700 for the cause. To help Stacey reach her fundraising goals, Maeve has decided to take on a fundraising challenge of her own, and will be walking a 10 mile route around Swinefleet Common on Sunday, February 11.

A pupil at St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School in Goole, Maeve said she really wanted to help Stacey raise awareness and as much money as possible for the Brain Tumour Charity because she knows how hard Stacey works every day to help pupils at the schools she works at. Maeve said: “Stacey and my mum are best friends and seeing Stacey poorly when she had her brain operation was really upsetting, but she always smiles and helps others, so I really wanted to help her. “Swinefleet has a really good walk that I can do safely. I am really happy that I am helping stacey even if it’s just this little bit. People have been really kind and sponsored me and that’s made me really happy.” Stacey was diagnosed with an Optic Nerve Meningioma in November 2021 after experiencing headaches, tiredness and a sensation like she had grit in her eye. After undergoing several surgeries and treatments, Stacey has lost sight in her right eye but she says she is determined not to let it stop her completing the marathon in April. She said: “This charity is close to my heart as they have helped and supported me during my own personal experience. In November 2021 I was diagnosed with an Optic Nerve Meningioma and even after a Craniotomy and an optic nerve decompression my little passenger remains. “I have now lost all the sight in my right eye following the procedure, but I am determined to do this and hopefully with help and support from local people, I hope to do them and the charity proud.” Speaking about Maeve’s fundraiser, Stacey added: “I have the most amazing people in my life! Maeve is such an amazing girl with the biggest heart and I'm so proud of her for wanting to do this for me."

As part of the fundraising efforts, Stacey, Maeve and Maeve’s Mum Vicki are also organising a raffle, which will be drawn at Swinefleet Club following the conclusion of Maeve’s sponsored walk. The raffle already includes over 25 amazing prizes, but the organisers are calling on businesses and residents to donate even more prizes, as well as buy tickets to help bolster funds. Prizes so far include: A framed print of a highland cow by a local artist Janet Free (worth £45) from Canal Side Creations; A gift bag of handmade soap, lip balm and hand and body balm from The Little Bee Hut; £50 lobster platter from Fish To Go; Two All for One vouchers worth £25 and £50; A Gallon or eight drinks of your choice at Swinefleet Club; £30 voucher for Blooming Aesthetics and Beauty Clinic: £20 voucher for The Lounge Paradise Tearooms; £20 Voucher for Mamma Wins Pet Supplies;  £20 voucher for Auntie Vi's Canine Care; £15 voucher for Sweet Treats by Rachel Abbey; Two £15 vouchers for Afterglow Beauty; Sports massage voucher and goody bag from Mind to Muscle Therapy; Full set of lashes from Lashes by T'nere; Remington Hair Straightners; Soft Curls Ceramic Curling Tongs; Family of four meal voucher at McDonald’s; Meal voucher for Westfield Fisheries; Any 14inch Pizza at Pepi's Pizza; £10 voucher for West Park Community Cafe; Music trivia game, tea light and Brain Tumour tote bag; Bottle of wine hamper; Sweet hamper; Bottle of whiskey; Chocolate; Bubble bath hamper; Wine and chocolate hamper; Bottle of champagne.

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Ten-year-old Maeve Simpson is gearing up to take on a sponsored walk in support of a family friend who recently underwent surgery for a brain tumour. (18-01-120 SU)

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