TeamVerrico plans an Epworth tug’o’war

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TeamVerrico, the Isle-based charity that was launched to support the late Anna Verrico of Epworth, is moving ahead in its bid to help another cancer sufferer.

Anna’s husband, Paul Verrico, said: “As you may have read in recent editions of this paper, local fundraisers TeamVerrico have been supporting a terminally ill woman, Debs McNaughton, in her fight to extend her life.

“Debs has cancer of the appendix which has spread – the NHS in the UK are unable to help, but Debs has recently visited a surgeon in Belgium who is prepared to help her.”

An Isle Tug’o’War is just one of several fun fundraisers to be staged this spring.

Members of TeamVerrico have been busy in recent weeks, added Paul. A group of 14 people went to Grimsby Town’s game with Southport to rattle tins. And three members of the team took the plunge and sky-dived from aeroplanes in Hibaldstow to raise sponsorship cash. Last Saturday a sponsored ‘sleepwalk’ raised over £5,000 towards the cause.

A recent partnership with Epworth business IsleLoseit has resulted in the planning of the big Tug of War event, that will take place at the Thurlow playing fields in Epworth from 2pm on Saturday, April 26.

Competitors will form teams of 12, with eight allowed on the rope at any one time and four reserves. At least two participants from each team must be female.

Paul said: “The event needs 16 teams to be a success, with a round robin league tournament to be followed by a straight knock out. Team entry is £60 with all profits going directly to Debs McNaughton. Every participant will also be able to get a chip butty at the Old School Inn after the competition as part of their entry fee.”

The competition winners will also receive the inaugural TeamVerrico Tug of War Shield.

Anyone wanting to take part in the Tug’o’War tournament should email Sue Taylor at, or call 07912 367300.

In other news, the official charity launch night for TeamVerrico has been confirmed as July 19, 2014. More details will follow, said Paul, but it is expected to be a black tie event with an international recording artist scheduled to appear.

Bright pink TeamVerrico T-shirts made from technical running fabric can also be ordered from Paul, costing £7.50, with wearers’ names emblazoned on the backs.

Anna Verrico died last November at the age of 36, following a short and courageous battle against a virulent form of breast cancer.

An award worth £20,000 is to fund a chemotherapy drug study in her memory at the University of Sheffield, and will be handed to a doctorate student in April.