50,000 people with Barrett's Oesophagus will progress to Cancer. 

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Lucy's Challenge - Fundraising for HCUK

Lucy Luckhurst our inspirational patient who joined us for the HCUK Awareness Day on the 14th December, and who gave radio interviews alongside Tim Underwood, has been given the dreadful news that the oesophago-gastric cancer has returned.

Lucy ans Tim in Radio Station

Lucy had undergone surgery a few years ago in the hope that this would give her a complete recovery. Lucy starts chemo today (13th January) and a group of friends and colleagues have joined together to start their training for a Tough Mudder that is being held on the 30th April 2016.

As Lucy undergoes her gruelling treatment her friends will be physically challenged for the next sixteen weeks training for “Lucy’s Challenge”. We wish Lucy and the Team all the very best and we will be encouraging them every step of the way. After the social media pages went live yesterday the support for Lucy and the challenge has been overwhelming! We have managed to raise £750 for HCUK in 24hrs and the figure is still rising! It's incredible.

If you wish to help contact us or go to Lucy's Challenge

"It's been 4 weeks since this diagnosis and 3 weeks since my last chemo. I spent the first 10 days after chemo feeling very sick and cold and couldn't see very well, but that fog lifted and I've felt well in the last week or so, just exhausted.

Lucy in Hospital

More and more people are getting involved in Lucy's Challenge, click the link and go to her facebook page and see if you can help. So far team Lucy has raised £1910 in their Lucy’s Challenge Tough Mudder.

Team Lucy Training Week 4 for Tough Mudder

Lucy Tough Mudder Training

Tough Mudder Training for Lucy's Challenge

The last week has been a good week. I'm exhausted but feeling great with it though. Today is the start of half term so what better way to feel alive than spend time with my family, revisit my youth in roller boots and give my boys something to laugh at!! Turns out I'm not as good as I remember, so after a brief and wobbly skate I quit while I was ahead and all bones were in one piece!! I'm going to need a week of sleep to regain the spent energy but it was totally worth it!!

Lucy and her Children

If you wish to help contact us or go to Lucy's Challenge

To boost donations in addition to the Tough Mudder, the Lucy’s Challenge Team are holding a charity social event at Saddler’s Brewhouse & Barbecue in Southampton on April 8th. There’ll be live music, food and a raffle so it will be a good night.

Lucys Social Poster

Sorry for the delay in an update, it's been a slightly rough few weeks with a couple of hurdles and obstacles but I've had 2 lots of chemo in that time (the most recent was on Wednesday this week) and I'm feeling exhausted but great with it!

Since my last update I have been spoilt on Mother's Day and we had a great (if a little loud!) party for our littlest's 7th birthday, now to get some rest before birthday celebrations for my mum next weekend. March is a very busy month in our family! I will have a CT scan next week and will get the results the week after, to see what chemo has done over these last 12 weeks. We are keeping everything crossed and all our thoughts positive. We would be very grateful if you could join us in keeping everything crossed too.

Click here to see highlights of us training

After 12 weeks of chemo Lucy had a scan last week and received the results yesterday. Unfortunately it wasn't the news we'd hoped for. The chemo hasn't done the job they'd wanted and the tumour has increased. She will now be stopping chemo and will have radiotherapy instead, that should start in the next week or so. Some weeks after radiotherapy she will have another scan to see what that has done. Then it might be more chemo but with a different set of drugs. There were also talks of the possibility of clinical trials.

So there are various options and things to try but she is focusing on one step and treatment at a time. The future feels uncertain but in her words she is 'absolutely determined not to let it beat me or get me down. It will not break my spirit!!'

Please join us in keeping your thoughts positive for Lucy and supporting her and Team Lucy in continuing to raise money & awareness for Heartburn Cancer UK.

Radiotherapy started yesterday and is absolutely fine, I don't feel a thing. Unfortunately though, my eating and drinking has become so bad (in that I'm not, due to pain!) I have been hospitalised today. I am currently receiving fluid and am waiting for a feeding tube to be inserted to bypass the painful part of my oesophagus, that will hopefully happen over the weekend once there's a space in the endoscopy unit.

Lucy in wheelchair

With luck I will be home by early/mid next week with my new fashion accessory, which I will have for a few weeks. It sucks being away from my boys, all of them, but I know it's for my own good. I can't express our thanks for everyone's amazing support.

So Lucy's Challenge Charity Social Night was a HUGE success! Thank you to everyone who came to support our cause; to Sadlers who let us host it there & put on some awesome food and drink, the bands/DJ/magician who gave up their time to play for free, everyone who made cakes, donated a raffle prize or helped us in any way in the build up to last night. You know who you are and we thank you all from the bottom of our hearts! We have been blown away by everyone's generosity and support. Last night alone we raised a total of £830 for Heartburn Cancer UK. The whole Social Event combined made £1580. Combine that with all our other donations, that brings our grand total to £4,907!!!! Wooohoooo!

Lucy's Socila Night

We would not have been able to achieve what we have without everyone's help. We did something special last night and although everyone had fun and we raised money for a deserving charity, we didn't for one moment forget the reason behind why we're doing all this. To support Lucy, an amazing friend, colleague and family member to so many. Her story and fight touched everyone that knew her and everyone that didn't last night, and we're all so bloody proud of her. She's got a tough fight ahead, but we're with her every step of the way and we hope she comes out of this victorious. It's been an emotional journey so far and isn't over yet! Thanks again everyone! Team Lucy xx

Only 6 days to go before Tough Mudder on 30th! We all have a mixture of nerves and excitement! Who wouldn't be apprehensive about getting electrocuted!
Click here to see highlights of us training

I am home! I got back Monday and it is good to be here with my boys! I'm tired (probably because of the radiotherapy) but happy! I've got my feeding tube fitted and am feeling a lot better now I'm getting nutrients and calories! I've now finished my course of radiotherapy, I'm now having a break from treatment before I'll have a scan. Will keep you all posted.

Thanks for all your help and support, we're almost at the £6,000 mark now which is over and above anything we thought we could achieve. One last push before the big day!

LUCY'S CHALLENGE - 30th April - Tough Mudder Day
Saturday was an incredible experience, a true example of teamwork and camaraderie and I could not be prouder of Team Lucy. It took us 5hrs to complete the Tough Mudder course, the whole time being wet, cold, covered in mud and exhausted from all the hills!

Tough Mudder Day Start

But from start to finish our team stuck together and lived up to the 'No Mudder Left Behind' ethos. Not only am I proud that we completed a gruelling mental and physical challenge together, but that the reason behind it all was for 'Lucy's Challenge'.

Tough Mudder Course

To support our friend and colleague through cancer. To raise awareness and money for an incredibly just cause.

Tough Mudder Finish

We're currently at just over £6,700 in donations, which is over and above anything we thought we could achieve. Not only that, the team are already discussing what challenge we can take on next, so watch this space!

Myself and Anita were very proud and honoured to have been asked to accept a cheque on behalf of Lucy for Heartburn Cancer UK on Saturday night. This was the amount raised by a charity boxing event at Oceana, Southampton, over 900 attended and there was 24 bout of boxing.

Lucy's Challenge Cheque

The organisers chose to donate 1/4 of their fundraising to HCUK, to show their support to Lucy and her ongoing battle with cancer. So thankful to Andy Darbyshire & his team of boxers for putting on the event and raising such a phenomenal amount. We're also incredibly proud of Luce for being such an inspiration to others everyday.

Today (Saturday 13th August) we held a charity family summer social, continuing our fundraising for Heartburn Cancer Uk. It was a fantastic day and fun was had by all! I've attached a photo with some snippets of the day.

Lucy's Summer School

Lucy is also well, she¹s having chemo still but doing a lot better and enjoyed the family day with her husband and two boys.

It is with immense sadness that Lucy’s last update is being posted on her HCUK ‘Lucy’s Challenge’ page. Lucy is an inspiration as a young wife, mother and to all who met her, however briefly, in her fight against this cruel disease. Her friends, I have no doubt, will continue Lucy’s Challenge’, but tragically in her memory.

A brief update.....over the last month or so eating has become difficult and symptoms have got progressively worse. Many scans and tests later (plus 3 weeks in hospital) have shown there is nothing more that can be done. In the next few days I hope to be going home where I can spend my end with John and the boys. I have fought the best I can with everything I have but there's nothing more I can do now. Know that I couldn't have fought as hard as I have without the support and love from you all, I will be eternally grateful for that. Love you all. Lucy x


31st October 2016 It is with great sadness that I share the news of Lucy's passing this morning. She fought this disease with such bravery, strength & grace but once again a beautiful light has been taken from us too soon. She will forever be remembered as a true inspiration and will never be forgotten. Thank you for everything you and your charity has done for Lucy and our fundraising efforts. We will continue to support her and others in future fundraising, as your charity will remain very close to our hearts.

Some of us within HCUK were lucky enough to have met Lucy and it is with sorrow that we have been told of her death. We send our condolences to Lucy’s husband, her boys, family and friends.

If you wish to help contact us or go to Lucy's Challenge

Why Heartburn Cancer UK Exists

As a recognised and trusted authority in the field of Cancer of the Oesophagus, we know that with your help we can make significant inroads in the Prevention, Detection and Treatment of this disease by focussing on 5 key areas of action:  


Education leads to a lasting change. We are working hard to influence public and social policy, to lobby politicians, to campaign for change, to promote greater collaboration amongst the medical profession, the public and the government. We are already in the process of developing a network of effective partnerships with businesses, the pharmaceutical industry, medical professionals and other like-minded groups. We intend to effect change and influence how this disease is perceived, detected, diagnosed and treated.


Our aim is to significantly reduce incurable oesophageal cancer in the UK.

Our renowned medical professionals, all experts in the field of oesophageal cancer, will continue to play a key role in research and trials designed to reduce the incidence of this appalling disease.


Early detection rates are vital to ensure a positive outcome. We are creating a communication network to facilitate greater awareness of the importance of diagnosing the disease early, identifying the symptoms associated with the disease and seeking medical help quickly. Oesophageal cancer affects everyone regardless of their race, gender or age.


We will ensure consistent support is available to everyone affected by Barrett’s Oesophagus, regardless of who they are and where they live. Information and advice is available to all those affected by the disease and to the people who support them, on our website or by telephone.

We need your help to bring this to the attention of your employees, friends & family or indeed anyone who might suffer from persistent heartburn!

You can make a difference. Perhaps you know someone who has suffered from persistent heartburn, Barrett’s Oesophagus or Oesophageal Cancer. Perhaps you run an organisation and would like to help. Why not make it your company’s corporate responsibility?


We are not content with standing still; we are determined to develop and grow a sustainable UK charity which continually re-invests to maximise the impact of its resources.

Working with UK businesses and voluntary organisations' our outward facing collaborative approach will ensure we are the first place to come to for reliable, up to date information about Heartburn, Barrett’s and Oesophageal Cancer.

HCUK - Information Centre

All you need to know about Heartburn, Barrett's Oesophagus, Oesopageal Cancer. If you need support we can offer advice. Please contact us on the "Ask our Doctor a Question" form, or you can join one of our Local Support Groups. You can also buy Heartburn Cancer UK Clothing and other HCUK Merchandise to help Raise Awarness and of course we would very much welcome a Donation to allow the charity to carry on offering free advise, Raising Awareness, Changing the Future and Saving Lives.