South Wootton boy raises £1,000 in memory of sister

Leveille Family raising awareness for Anna's Hope in memory of Maddie, LtoR, Nathan, Luke (8), Adam and Julie from South Wootton ANL-150427-091045009
Leveille Family raising awareness for Anna's Hope in memory of Maddie, LtoR, Nathan, Luke (8), Adam and Julie from South Wootton ANL-150427-091045009

Fun runner Luke Leveille

Luke Leveille completed the mini Grand East Anglian Run in May to raise money for Anna’s Hope to honour his sister Maddie.

Sadly Maddie died just a few weeks after her seventh birthday and her diagnosis with a brain tumour in 2004.

Luke completed the run with dad Adam, with support from mum Julie and brother Nathan.

People across West Norfolk have been touched by the South Wootton family’s story and have rallied around the fundraising.

Mrs Leveille has been delighted with the response.

She said: “It has been absolutely brilliant to raise so much money. This is a really good charity and close to our hearts.

“We had money coming through the door.

“Luke is really pleased and just loved doing the run. We are really proud of him.

“He wants to take up running properly now.

“We would like to thank everyone for supporting Luke.”

Maddie was diagnosed in March 2004 after her eye turned inwards. Initially it was thought that this was an after-effect of an earlier operation to remove her tonsils.

But Maddie, who had not shown any symptoms other than being tired, was found to have an aggressive tumour attached to her brain stem.

Nine weeks later Maddie died at her Middleton home surrounded by her family on May 27, 2004, seven days after her seventh birthday.

Mrs Leveille said: “If you notice a slight turn in your child’s eye or your child is having more headaches than normal go to your doctor.”

Stamford-based charity Anna’s Hope aims to provide nursing and emotional support to young patients and their families along with funding research.

The charity was founded by Rob and Carole Hughes following the death of their daughter Anna at the age of three.

Anna’s Hope is also one of the groups supporting the UK’s first rehabilitation service for children with brain tumours at Cambridge. Go to http://annas-hope.co.uk/