Mum overwhelmed by local generosity

GROUPS and organisations have been rallying round to raise money for a trust set up in the name of a teenager who died last year.

A charity car wash at Eastwood Fire Station pulled in £230, Sainsburys in Kimberley raised £750 and Eastwood and Kimberley Football Club raised £550 for the Ryan Lee Trust Fund.

Debbie Lee launched the trust after her 15-year-old son Ryan suffered five tumours on his brain and died last year.

She said she was ‘overwhelmed’ with the amount of support she had been given recently and wished her son would have been here to witness it all.

“It’s fantastic. I can’t believe how much support we have got. It’s a feeling and a half. I can’t tell you.

“I wish my son was here to see it,” she said.

Eastwood firefighters hosted a charity car wash last weekend with the help of Ryan’s friends. The event raised £430, to be split equally with the Firefighters Charity.

Debbie said the event had proved to be a major hit.

“It was a real success and a real good laugh. The kids loved it. They all got soaked!

“Ryan would have been so proud watching them,” she said.

Eastwood and Kimberley Football Club held a charity bike ride and hosted a barbecue on the day of the Kimberley pram race, raising over £500 in total for the trust.

Footie players and members of the public did the 30 mile ‘Erewash loop’.

Club chair Anthony Watkinson decided to split all money raised with the trust when he launched the club earlier this year because his brother, Rhys, was a good friend of Ryan’s.

Sainsburys in Kimberley also picked the Ryan Lee Trust Fund as their chosen charity.

Manager Don McCallum presented Debbie with a cheque for £750 which was collected in store at the opening of the premises last week following the refurb and extension.

The Ryan Lee Trust Fund is a registered charity and raises money to buy specialist equipment so children can stay living at home when they are seriously ill instead of being in hospital.