Daisy enjoys a day out courtesy of Lee’s Lasting Legacy
Daisy at the Sea Life Centre
A POORLY girl has enjoyed a day out thanks to a donation from Lee’s Lasting Legacy.
Lee Belgium was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia in May 2016 when he was six. After being told by doctors that there was nothing else that they could do for him, his family, who live in Lyde Green, decided to raise £90,000 for Lee to go abroad for a treatment trial and a bone marrow transplant, which they hoped would save his life.
Sadly Lee died in April last year, before he could have the transplant and his family announced that they were starting a charity in his name to help other families.
In the run-up to Christmas, Lee’s Lasting Legacy announced it would be giving a day trip to a poorly child and their family at a location of their choice, up to the value of £200. Followers of the charity’s Facebook group were asked to post suggestions for who they could help, and the recipient, a three-year-old girl called Daisy, was drawn at random from all entries received on Christmas Eve.
Daisy, from Lowestoft, was diagnosed with acute lymphoplastic leukaemia at the age of two in June 2019. Daisy is one of seven children, and her mum Shari McKay took her to the doctors after noticing that she was extremely weak and had pale skin.
Shari said: “It was amazing to receive the donation and we were really shocked to have been picked. I received a message on Facebook to say that we had won £200 for a day trip out, and we chose to go to the Sea Life Centre in Great Yarmouth. As a single mum I haven’t been able to afford a day out like that since Daisy has been poorly, and it was so lovely that we were nominated. Daisy especially enjoyed going in the underwater tunnel, and her face lit up when she saw the fishes above her.
“When we first found out that Daisy was poorly it was really hard, but all of the doctors and nurses have done everything they can to save her life. She is currently cancer free but still has to go to hospital regularly, and our friends, family and local community have been fundraising for toys and sticker books for her so that she has something to do, which is amazing.
“I would like to say thank you so much to whoever nominated us for the donation. It was such a thoughtful thing to do for a family that don’t have much. It’s really amazing what people can do, sometimes it has brought me to tears. Daisy has been through so much, but she still finds a way to smile - she’s my inspiration.”
Shari also used part of the £200 towards Daisy’s third birthday party on February 2, where the two princesses from Frozen came to visit her and her friends.
Lee’s mum Clare said: “Daisy received a couple of nominations and my daughter Courtney picked her name out the bowl on Christmas Eve. It makes me feel so happy that we as a charity can help a child who is going through what Lee had, and give her a great day out with her family. I know how much Lee loved going out.”
To find out more about Lee’s Lasting Legacy, join the Leebelgiumlastinglegacy Facebook group.
To find out more about Daisy, visit the GoFundMe page Daisy’s Fight Against Leukaemia.