Family and friends raise funds for Walton Centre in Liverpool in memory of Lowton girl who died following bike accident

The Bolton News: Leah Davies Leah Davies

FAMILY and friends of Leah Davies the 19 years-old Lowton girl, who tragically died following an accident last month, have been fund-raising for a specialist treatment centre.

Leah's father Andrew explained how a well supported fun-day event at Golborne Parkside Rugby Club in aid of the Walton Centre in Liverpool.

Mr Davies said: "'Leah unfortunately died from her injuries, but if Leah had come through this tragedy then the rehabilitation and support needed would have been long and costly.

"With this in mind we have chosen a charity that will benefit other patients and their families who find themselves in a similar position. This Charity is The Walton Neuro Fund who specialise in care and rehabilitation."

At least 500 people attended the event which raised £4,663 on the day with a further £200-£300 expected. Entry was by donation and "LoveLeah" wristbands were sold at the gate.

Attractions kept young and old entertained and firefighters sent along a fire engine for children to look around. A mass balloon release resulted in one being retrieved in Halifax, West Yorkshire and the finder sent a donation.

Three bands played in the evening The Newtons, The Lottery Winners who were finalists in "the battle of the bands" at the O2 arena and reggae rock group Jeramieh Ferrarri.

The event was organised by 20 volunteers made up from Leah's friends and family and during the day 50 people added their names to the Organ Donation register. "It was a fantastic day and an amazing achievement, I'm grateful to everyone for their support and generous donations," said Mr Davies.

"To date we have raised over £8,000 for the Walton Centre, see uk.virginmoneygiving.com/LoveLeah for the latest total."

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