Trio's tough task to help baby Leo
PUBLISHED: 13:31 22 November 2010
THREE kind-hearted schoolgirls have united to take on a challenging trek to raise money for a Weston youngster in need of medical help.
Priory Community School pupils Tammy McKenzie, Teresa Williams and Megan Pike organised and took part in a 10-mile walk on Saturday to help a one-year-old whose story they read in the Mercury earlier this year.
Leo Lu was born with severe brachycephaly, a condition which restricts skull development and poses a threat to mental development and sight.
Leo’s mother Vanessa told the Mercury Leo would need a corrective helmet to reshape his head, but it was not available on the NHS.
And the three youngsters were so moved by Leo’s plight, they arranged the fancy dress walking challenge for themselves and classmates to help towards the £1,995 cost of the headgear.
Tammy, whose brother Michael has also benefited from community support during a series of pioneering leg operations, revealed the motivation behind the girls’ support.
She said: “I know how hard it is to raise money for a cause that is not a registered charity.
“We had the same problem raising money for my brother’s USA surgeries. You cannot register one individual as a charity, and that makes it hard to fund-raise, putting a big strain on the family.”