In April 2019, Sutton Sports Village Trampoline Park Assistant Joe Lunn heard the news that no one wants to hear, especially aged just 17 years old. His suspected appendicitis was in fact synovial sarcoma, a rare form of cancer affecting one-in-a-million people each year. In spite of this, Joe continued to attend school, play cricket and applied for a university place to study Sports Physiology.
He endured seven gruelling rounds of chemotherapy and in December was referred to a hospital in Basingstoke where surgeons operated to remove four tumours from his abdomen, forcing him to stay in over the Christmas period.
When news of the operation reached friends that the family would need to relocate temporarily to Basingstoke to spend Christmas together they quickly set up a GoFundMe page. The page was shared and when staff at the trampoline park found out they reacted quickly and managed to organise a Friends & Family event on Saturday 21st December.
Over 150 people attended to raise money for Joe Lunn and his family, with a raffle and face painting also on offer to add to the funds. In total, thanks to generous donations and staff working at the event for free, £1290.00 was paid to the page.
“At Sutton Sports Village we are more than colleagues, we are a family and we support each other. The team felt strongly about trying to raise money for Joe and I’m so proud of how everyone came together so quickly to ask how they could help. We wish Joe a speedy recovery from his operation.” Said Claire Bryant, Assistant Manager
The page is still open for donations, which will go towards further supporting the family at this difficult time. The link is HERE if you would like to donate.