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Charity appeals for a helping hand

NEAABE110824b2, Kimberley Sainsbirys, Green lane presentation to The Ryan Lee Trust. Store manager Don McCallam, Angia Sheldon pr ambassador, muriel Dewar trustee and Deb Lee trustee

NEAABE110824b2, Kimberley Sainsbirys, Green lane presentation to The Ryan Lee Trust. Store manager Don McCallam, Angia Sheldon pr ambassador, muriel Dewar trustee and Deb Lee trustee

A couple who run a charity to support terminally ill children are appealing for more volunteers and fundraisers to get involved.

Deb and Shaun Lee set up the Ryan Lee Trust after their 15-year-old son lost his battle with five brain tumours back in 2010.

The trust raises money for specialist equipment so children can live out their final days at home, rather than in hospital.

But the charity has grown so much since 2011 when it was set up, the couple desperately need some help.

“We’ve hardly got any fundraisers at the moment,” said Mrs Lee.

“We’ve had a lot of support, particularly from local people, but we don’t have many people doing events for us at the moment. People often go to the bigger charities.

“We also really need people helping us with volunteering. It’s very difficult to get volunteers. We just need more help overall regarding keeping it going,” she added.

Mr and Mrs Lee have recently started to supply specialised boxes filled with equipment tailored to exactly what each child needs, such as computer equipment for reading if they have been left blind after treatment.

But the boxes cost £300 to £400 each and with word quickly getting around quickly on facebook and via the trust’s new website, the couple need to boost their funds.

The charity has so far raised £70,000 and has helped around 40 children and their families nationwide.

Mrs Lee said she was ‘very proud’ of what they had achieved.

“It’s been a huge success and we feel we have made a huge difference,” she said.

“We’re very proud of what’s happened with the charity and the way that people have been. It’s fantastic really.

“But it’s keeping it going. The last thing I want is for all this to collapse,” she added.

The couple, from Nuthall, have organised their first charity ball to boost their funds.

They are now appealing to any businesses who might be bale to help with raffle and auction prizes for the circus-themed ball, which will be held at Nottingham Belfry Hotel on April 19.

Tickets cost £55 and include a three-course meal, music and entertainment.

The determined couple are also in the process of organising a charity walk on May 10 in Wollaton park, and a charity abseil in August.

The Sun Inn pub in Eastwood is also raising money for them at the end of this month.

Find out more about the Ryan Lee Trust and how to get involved at www.ryanleetrust.org.

You can also call 0115 9382936 or 07976 737331, or e-mail info@ryanleetrust.org.uk.

 

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