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Love for Leon appeal hits the £1,000 mark

Mum Toni-Marie is thrilled as Leon starts at Legacy Rainbow House

Leon Walsh

Fundraising for an Ormskirk boy who has stolen the hearts of people in the community has reached the £1,000 mark.

Leon Paul Salamanca Walsh can neither walk or talk but has a smile for everyone he meets. Doctors have yet to fully diagnose the battle four-year-old Leon is facing but his parents are determined to give him the best life possible.

Mum Toni-Marie spoke to the Advertiser earlier this year and, since then, the Love for Leon appeal has grown and grown, with his Facebook page reaching 500 likes.

Thanks to several fundraising events, the fund for Leon has reached over £1,000 which has gone towards sessions at Legacy Rainbow House to help him gain independent skills.

Toni-Marie said: “These past few months have just been so overwhelming. Since coming forward to tell Leon’s story, I’ve been amazed at the response from the public.

“Everyone in Ormskirk has just been fantastic and people have been so generous with their time and money.

“Leon has had three sessions so far and the change in him is amazing; he’s been trying to move around a lot more and reach for things. We didn’t really know what to expect and we don’t know what Leon is going to be capable of but they’re really pushing him and it’s working, so we’re thrilled.”

Leon is currently undergoing genetic tests to see what condition he is suffering from but the results could take years, with his next appointment scheduled with a specialist in Manchester in December.

Over the past five months, Leon has been going from strength to strength but last week he was admitted to hospital following an infection in his lung.

Toni-Marie said: “Leon has been doing really well but the hospital visit last week really brought it home to us that Leon can deteriorate at any moment and that it’s vital to keep awareness going.

“We’re hosting a Frozen film event this Friday at Base Dance in Ormskirk, from 1pm until 4pm, and we’d love as many people to come down as possible.

“The last Despicable Me film event we did was really popular and we’re hoping  Frozen will really draw the crowds, with a visit from Princess Elsa.”

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