Teaming up for brave Lynsey

A charity football tournament was held at Brougham Primary School to raise funds for a chair-bed for terminally ill Hartlepool woman Lynsey Robinson. Pictured is organiser Gary Thomson with some of the players who took part.

A charity football tournament was held at Brougham Primary School to raise funds for a chair-bed for terminally ill Hartlepool woman Lynsey Robinson. Pictured is organiser Gary Thomson with some of the players who took part.

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FRIENDS teamed up to support brave Lynsey Robinson who faces a daily battle against cancer.

A fundraising football tournament was held at Brougham Primary School, in Hartlepool, to try and help Lynsey buy a specialised chair-bed to make her life more comfortable.

Lynsey is only 29 but was told she has just months to live after treatment failed to cure the cervical cancer she was diagnosed with in March 2009.

The £2,000 bed would make her final days easier as she faces a constant fight with crippling pain.

More than £1,400 has already been raised between the football event and a race night at the King Oswy Workingmen’s Club on Friday, and sponsor money is still flooding in.

Organiser of the weekend’s competition, Gary Thomson, said: “We should hopefully top the £2,000 mark, which is amazing as we didn’t expect such a reaction.

“The support has been incredible and I can not thank those who have helped and made this possible enough.”

The 34-year-old from the Dyke House area of town knows Lynsey through a family friend and was touched like many by her story when it appeared in the Hartlepool Mail.

Lynsey cannot stand up for more than a brief moment before she collapses, she cannot eat without vomiting and she cannot sleep laying down without screaming due to the crippling pain.

She had to go home early from the race night after taking a turn for the worse and missed the football tournament, which was won by Hartlepool Mail Sports Special A-Team.

Gary, who works as an engineer, added: “To be so young and to find out you are so poorly, it’s hard to even imagine.

“We are trying to do all we can to make her remaining life as good as it can be. Any money that is left over she can use as she wishes, to go on a trip away or whatever.”

Lynsey, who lives in Blake Street, Hartlepool, with husband Tony, 55, was diagnosed with cervical cancer when she was just 26.

Confident medics predicted a 95 per cent chance of survival – but just months later Lynsey was told treatment was not successful and the cancer was terminal.

In January this year, Lynsey was told she had just months to live.

She married Tony the same month in a small service at Hartlepool Register Office after bringing their wedding forward.

Their wedding rings are engraved with the words “always and forever”.