The family of a St Annes youngster battling against a rare illness have spoken of their delight after a charity night provided a grand boost to research into his condition.
The event at the Fairhaven raised £1,000 to aid investigation into Deuchenne Muscular Dystrophy, with which eight-year-old Lewis Marshall was diagnosed in 2012.
A signed Blackpool FC shirt was among items auctioned off on the night, while the fund was also boosted by a raffle and donations. Music was performed by The Deadbeats and Lewis’s aunt Janine Corcoran said: “It was a great night and thanks to everyone who came along and contributed. We never dreamed we would raise £1,000 and we are so grateful.”
Lewis, a pupil at Lytham CE School, enjoyed a dream night out at Wembley in November when he helped lead out the England football team for their friendly match with Germany – and met star striker Wayne Rooney – as he was featured on the Sky TV show My Special Day.
His sister Beth and uncle John Finnigan are to take a parachute jump on March 1 in a bid to further boost the research fund and would be grateful to hear from potential sponsors. For details call Janine on 07713 349190.