South Wootton boy raises £130 to honour the sister he never met

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

Driving rain did not stop an eight-year-old boy from completing a fun run in memory of the sister he never got to meet.

Luke Leveille was among the many youngsters who braved the terrible weather to complete the mini Grand East Anglia Run on Sunday.

The South Wootton youngster was honouring his sister Maddie, who would have turned 18 this year.

Maddie had died a few weeks after her seventh birthday in 2004 a short while after being diagnosed with a brain tumour.

Luke has so far raised more than £130 for the Anna’s Hope charity, which provides nursing and emotional support to young patients and families along with funding research.

Their parents Adam and Julie have been overwhelmed with donations.

Mrs Leveille said: “Luke really enjoyed it and said he could have kept going!

“We have had people donating online but so many people have dropped money through the letter box.

“We are now running a sponsor form.”

She added: “A lot of people have told us that it is lovely Luke did that for his sister. We are really proud of him.”

Maddie was diagnosed in March 2004 after her eye turned inwards.

Doctors found the youngster, who did not display any other symptoms other than being tired, had an aggressive tumour attached to her brain stem.

Maddie died at her Middleton home with her parents and older brother Nathan on May 27, 2004.

There is still time to support Luke. Donations can be made online at: http://annas-hope.co.uk/donate/