Hundreds say farewell to little superhero Lee
HUNDREDS of mourners turned out to pay their respects to eight-year old Lee Belgium, who died in April after battling leukaemia for the third time.
As previously reported, Lee was first diagnosed in May 2016, and had been going to Bristol Children’s Hospital three times a week to have chemotherapy, steroids and a new trial drug. After being told by doctors that there was nothing else that they could do for him, his family wanted Lee to go abroad for a treatment trial and a bone marrow transplant, which they hoped would save his life.
After raising nearly £80,000 over four months, mum Clare had planned to take superhero-fan Lee to Turkey for treatment, but the brave little boy lost his battle on Saturday April 6.
Lee’s superhero-themed funeral was held at Westerleigh Crematorium on Saturday April 27. Lee was taken to the chapel in a horse-drawn carriage, and his blue and white coffin was decorated with the words “Shine like a diamond” and “We love you Lee Belgium.” Mourners attended wearing superhero costumes, including Clare, who dressed up as Wonder Woman.
Speaking to the Voice about the day, Clare said: “Around 239 came to the funeral and it was beautiful. We had fireworks and balloons in the evening, and I have half his ashes at home with me and half are buried.”
The family are planning to set up a charity called Lee Belgium Lasting Legacy, to help other families who have lost a child and to keep Lee’s name alive. The charity will provide free haircuts for funerals, as well as items such as teddy bears with heart-shaped lockets of hair and photo pillows.
Lee’s former primary school, Park Primary in Kingswood, have also set up a Just Giving page to buy a superhero bench in his memory for £2500. The family have donated £500 towards this. To find out more, visit: www.gofundme.com/lees-memorial-bench