Lewis Mighty leaves a legacy to help children with cancer
CHILDREN with cancer are to be helped by a fund set up in memory of a child who died last year.
Lewis Mighty lost his battle with cancer aged just seven.
Now, the fund named after him is joining forces with Nottingham Hospitals Charity to help children with cancer who are being treated at Nottingham Children's Hospital and in the wider community.
Thanks to fundraising and donations, £224,000 was raised for Lewis – who suffered from neuroblastoma, a form of childhood cancer – which will be used to benefit other local patients and families.
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Jaime Mighty, Lewis's mum, said: "It will be hard to go back on to the children's cancer ward where Lewis was treated, but I'm glad we're able to do something to help other children and families who are in the same situation as we were, all in Lewis's memory."
Lewis's story also touched the hearts of international singer James Morrison and his wife, Gill, who have connections with the East Midlands and who followed Lewis's journey in the local press.
The couple are strong supporters of the Lewis Mighty Fund and James will perform live at a private event marking the start of the collaboration between the Lewis Mighty Fund and Nottingham Hospitals Charity today.
James will also spend time meeting young patients and families on the children's cancer ward where Lewis was treated.
Mrs Mighty, of Mackworth, in Derbyshire, added: "It's fantastic to have James and Gill's support and we're looking forward to them helping us mark the joining of Lewis's fund with Nottingham Hospitals Charity."
Barbara Cathcart, chief executive of Nottingham Hospitals Charity, said: "We'd like to extend our sincere thanks to Jaime and Perry Mighty, Lewis's parents, and everyone who has supported Lewis and his memory. The support shown has been incredible and Lewis's family are truly inspirational, helping his legacy live on and benefit other children like him.
"We've all followed Lewis's story and the story is by no means over yet.
"We'll be doing a lot of fundraising for the Lewis Mighty Fund over the coming months and years, to support other children and families affected by cancer.
"We look forward to continuing to expand the great work already done by Lewis's family, friends and supporters."
Professor David Walker, paediatric oncology consultant at Nottingham Children's Hospital, who was part of the team that treated Lewis during his time in hospital, said: "Lewis was a very special and strong little boy and it's fitting that the fund set up in his name should continue to help other young patients like him."
To find out more about the Lewis Mighty Fund and Nottingham Hospitals Charity, or to make a donation, go to www.nottinghamhospitalscharity.org.uk or call Nottingham Hospitals Charity on 0115 962 7905.