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Fund-raising will carry on after loss of Leah at just 13

By MIG: Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: August 23, 2013

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A MOTHER who lost her teenage daughter to cancer is to continue raising money in her memory.

Leah Powell, pictured, of Nab Hill Avenue, Leek, passed away at the age of 13 last month after losing her battle with the rare childhood cancer of Rhabdomyosarcoma, which she had been diagnosed with last summer.

Throughout her battle, Leah, with the help of with her mum Jane and other family members and friends, raised more than £10,000 for charity through the Love4Leah Campaign.

Now Jane has told the Post & Times that she will be continuing to raise money for charity in her daughter’s memory.

She said: “We will be carrying on raising money through Love4Leah indefinitely because Leah had wanted it to carry on.

“Just before she died she spoke a lot about her funeral and what she wanted.

“There were a few things we had discussed to raise money such as roller discos and tea parties.

“We have got a few fund-raising activities in the pipeline.”

Local DJ Anthony Grain will be hosting one of his forthcoming Blitz Nights at Leek’s Central Club in aid of the Love4Leah Campaign. The Electro Eighties event will be staged on October 19 and tickets are available at £7.50 each from Jane’s toy shop Over The Rainbow, in Derby Street.

Jane explained that there are also plans to run fund-raising activities around the time of what would have been Leah’s 14th birthday.

Jane said: “Leah would have turned 14 on November 2 and we will be running a Birthday Raffle for items we have left over from previous events.” Jane, along with her two eldest children, Josh and Danielle, will also be taking part in a sponsored ghost walk at Sherwood Forest on the night of Leah’s birthday.

Jane said: “We don't want to be at home for Leah's birthday, but instead do something out of the ordinary.

“This is something that has been organised by the Ronald MacDonald charity, which we have raised money for before.

“This year we raised £5,000 for a room at the house to be sponsored in Leah’s name, and we want to be able to renew that sponsorship every three years.” A Celebration of Leah's Life took place at St Edward’s Church last month which saw the parish church packed out with family and friends.

Jane said: “I was totally overwhelmed by the amount of people who turned up.

“Reverend Matthew Parker did an amazing job and really spoke from the heart. The donations from the funeral have so far reached £1,000 which will be given to the Donna Louise Hospice.”

She added: "It has been a really difficult time. We have had lots of people wanting to talk to us but who just don’t know what to say. It’s been a really emotional time but we are getting through it. We will be getting help from the community nurse from the hospice, which has been outstanding.”

A member of staff from the Donna Louise Hospice, who helped Leah write a song just four days before she passed away, provided a recording of ‘Think Happy, Be Happy’ which was played at Leah's funeral.

Jane said: “We will be having the song made as a single to raise money for the hospice. Everyone has been asking for a copy of it so we thought we would have some copies made but also raise money at the same time.” To follow the Love4Leah Campaign go to www.facebook.com/Love4Leah.

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