Anglesey athlete dies after brain tumour battle


Arron Evans

A brave Anglesey athlete, who ran the Anglesey half marathon last year, has lost her battle against a brain tumour.

Former teaching assistant, Lucy Beesley, 25, has been praised for raising awareness of her condition – Glioblastoma Multiforme – an incurable brain tumor that she had suffered from since she was 19 years old.

Following her death on March 19, the funeral was held at Bangor Crematorium on Wednesday, March 29 and the service was designed by Lucy herself when she knew she was not going to beat her illness.

Those present included friends, family and members of Anglesey’s Island Games squad, which she had been a part of previously.

Determined not to let her illness get her down, Lucy, from Marianglas, completed last year’s Anglesey half marathon with a time of two hours and 24 minutes.

She had, despite being ill, travelled with the Island Games squad to both the 2013 and 2015 events in Bermuda and Jersey respectively and competed at the last games in the 400 metres and the 4x400 metres relay.

Lucy had also set up a blog, entitled Fighting Fit, to share details of her inspiring journey through chemotherapy and help raise some awareness of brain tumors in young people.

Ynys Môn MP Albert Owen, who met Lucy last year, said: “Firstly, I offer my sincere condolences to Lucy’s family and friends.

I had the privilege of meeting her and she was both a brave and kind person. I support her campaign to raise awareness on brain tumours in young people.

“As vice-chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Cancer, I will work in Parliament with others to carry on Lucy’s work in getting additional resources for brain tumours in young people.

“I recently invited Lucy to Parliament to meet with colleagues, however she was too ill to attend. But her gallant work will go on, because I have met some remarkable people – none more so than Lucy.”

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