Teenagers’ bike ride raises thousands for cancer unit

A bike ride in aid of a Newmarket teenager, who has twice battled a rare cancer, has raised nearly £3000.

Lily Anderson, 16, of Moulton Road, was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma in October 2011 and relapsed in January 2013, six months after her first treatment ended.

She then received stem cell treatment at the Teenage Cancer Trust unit at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in July last year and is now in remission.

Later this month, five of her sixth-form friends from St Benedict’s Catholic School in Bury St Edmunds will be attempting a two-day 100-mile cycle ride to Southwold and back to raise money for the ward where she was treated and where she said her experience had been very positive thanks to the support network it offered.

“They are all my best friends and they were there for me,” Lily said.

“We’ve raised £2,796 so far. The aim was £500 at the start and we raised it to £1,000 a couple of weeks in and after we thought we would just leave it because we were so far past our target.”

Lily hopes to rejoin the sixth form in September to begin A-levels studies in sociology, religious studies and English literature.