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Boston calendar to help launch 'Spirit of Lucy-Anne'

The memory of spirited teenager Lucy-Anne Lumb will be preserved when Boston's Witham Sailing Club puts its newest boat into the water in the Spring.

For the training dinghy for youngsters will bear the name "Spirit of Lucy-Anne" as a tribute to the 19-year-old who suddenly and unexpectedly lost her life to cancer.

Proceeds from the sale of Boston's first official calendar have been split between the sailing club's youth development programme, to help buy the dinghy, and research into the rare circumstances which led to Lucy-Anne developing Non Hodgkin's Lymphoma Cancer - both received £1,111.

Lucy-Anne's parents, Steve and Judy Lumb, were visibly moved when sailing club commodore Ceri Morgan told them he wanted to name the training dinghy in honour of Lucy-Anne.

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The Spirit of Lucy-Anne will be on the water this Spring thanks to sales of the first official Boston calendar produced by Boston Borough Council. Pictured receiving their cheques from the proceeds of sales of the 2015 calendar are Ceri Morgan, commodore at Witham Sailing Club, being presented with his cheque by Emma Staff, the council's communications and marketing officer, Cllr Carol Taylor, presenting a cheque to Judy and Steve Lumb, Lucy-Anne's parents, for research into the links between cancer and the Epstein-Barr virus. Cllr Wright's council duties meant she was not available for the photograph.

Steve, Boston Borough Council's head of built environment and development said: "The calendars, which were produced at no cost, thanks to the generosity of sponsors, really did show Boston up well and all sold out very quickly. Judy and I are very grateful for these proceeds that will go to Cancer Research UK. We are especially touched that the new dinghy will be able to bear Lucy-Anne's name. Lucy-Anne certainly had spirit - was always up to have a go at anything, from white water rafting in the Colorado, gliding while on guide camp and kayaking on the Little Steeping through school. Though we are told she was often more in the water than in the kayak. She would be embarrassed, but so proud by all of this."

The calendar was the brainchild of Cllrs Carol Taylor and Mary Wright. It portrayed, in glossy full colour, all that is best about Boston, pictured through the seasons. Production costs were covered by generous sponsors for each page.

The calendars sold for £4.99 and were sent all over the country and all over the world.

The donation received by Steve and his wife will go to help research a better understanding of the Epstein-Barr Virus and its behaviour and to seek to develop a vaccine which one day might hopefully protect all young people. The Epstein-Barr Virus is responsible for Glandular Fever.

This virus exists in something like 95% of the world's population and is normally kept under control by our immune system. But the virus has a very dark side to it, as in rare circumstances it can introduce and set off a very aggressive form of Lymphoma Cancer, which in Lucy-Anne's case was entirely hidden and disguised by what appeared to be Glandular Fever symptoms.

Cllr Taylor said: "I want to thank all who made this first official calendar such a success - all those who so generously sponsored the production costs and all those who sold and bought a calendar. They can see that all funds raised have gone to two very deserving causes and, at the same time, we have been able to promote beautiful Boston for 12 months."

Cllr Wright said: "It has been one of the most satisfying initiatives I have been involved in. Full of goodwill, and such a pleasure to be able to assist two deserving causes with connections with younger people."

The calendar was designed by the council's communications department and printed by Digital Printing Services of Boston and Sleaford.

Page sponsors were: January - Chattertons solicitors, February - Oldrids & Downtown, March - Allsigns, Boston, April - Boston Mayflower, May - accountant Darron Abbott, June - Boston Standard, July - Boston Eye, August - East Lincolnshire Community Safety Partnership, September - Boston Target, October - Digital Printing Services, Boston and Sleaford, November - Cllr Mary Wright, December - Oldrids & Downtown, back cover - Johnsons of Boston.