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Fundraising for Love for Leon appeal continues

Community have completed bike rides, sky dives and half marathons

Darren Haines celebrating completing the bike ride for Leon

Fundraising has continued for a little boy who has captured the hearts of the Ormskirk community.

Leon-Paul Salamanca Walsh can neither walk nor talk, but has a smile for everyone he meets.

Doctors have yet to fully diagnose the condition four-year-old Leon suffers from, but his parents are determined to give him the best life possible.

The Love for Leon appeal was set up last year by Leon’s parents, Toni-Marie and Pablo, to raise money and awareness for their son.

The campaign has continued to grow and now many people in the Ormskirk and wider West Lancashire community are coming together to raise money for Leon’s treatment at Legacy Rainbow House and vital equipment to make his life the best it can be.

Toni-Marie said: “Leon is doing really well at the moment. He had his six-week assessment at Rainbow House last week and they’re just astounded with the progress he’s been making. Before he went there, he was very limited in what he could do, but now he can roll over and move his body. I’m so proud of how far he’s come already and am excited to see what further progress he’ll make.”

Toni-Marie’s close friend Darren Haines and his four friends, Chris Roberts, John Simpkin, Sharon Abella and Roy Abella all completed a 60-mile bike ride from Old Trafford to Blackpool for the appeal last weekend.

The team is still totalling up exactly how much they’ve raised, but Toni-Marie says she is overwhelmed by the support the family has already received.

She said: “It’s been absolutely amazing and we’ve been so touched by everyone that has organised fundraising events for us.

“One of my other friends is planning on doing a sky-dive and another is doing a half-marathon.

“We’re so grateful to the community. Leon is an incredibly special boy and we’re so happy that people are helping him on his journey.”

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