Ahead of Saturday’s game against Burton Albion we will hold a minute’s applause for brave young local girl Lily Wythe who sadly passed away last Sunday.
14-year-old Lily was set to fly to Seattle in the USA to receive treatment for an aggressive cancer of the central nervous system called Diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma H3 K27MK.
That was in part thanks to her friend Lillie, a fellow pupil of Eastwood Academy, who came up with a fundraising idea to raise the £300,000 needed.
Called ‘The One Pound Warriors’ (@OnePoundWarrior) and with the idea of every member donating at least £1, it hit the national spotlight with a lot of celebrities showing their support, and went on to raise £230,000 within a week.
However, Lily’s condition deteriorated last week, and she sadly lost her battle in the early hours of Sunday morning.
To honour her courageous battle, Southend players will wear black armbands and there will be a minute’s applause before the game.
All at Southend United would like to send our heartfelt condolences to Lily’s mum Di, dad Martin and brother Josh, along with all her family, friends and everyone that knew her.