Appeal for Wisbech St Mary man reaches £50,000 mark
An appeal to buy a Wisbech St Mary man a new prosthetic limb has now reached the £50,000 mark.
Billy Lee underwent surgery in January to have his right leg amputated after being diagnosed with a rare form of cancer.
His parents, Spencer and Bex, launched an appeal to raise £70,000 to buy a Helix 3D leg and hip prosthetic, which is not available on the NHS.
They also hope to raise an additional £37,000 during this year to pay for two of the five-year services of the limb, which cost £18,500, to take Billy up to the age of 35.
Billy is currently undergoing chemotherapy.
Mrs Lee said: “It has taken us by surprise. We never thought we would be in this position in five or six weeks. It has been incredible.”
People across Fenland have rallied around the appeal, including three sisters.
Shannon (11), Ellie-Shae (9) and Kacey Williams (6) have raised £1,038 by having their long hair cut into bobs on Friday last week.
The girls were inspired to help after learning about Billy’s appeal.
Their hair, which was cut by Kim Francis at Reflections Hairdressers on Friday, was sent to the Little Princess Trust to be used in wigs for young cancer patients.
Their proud mum Sherie Ablett, who lives in Opportune Road, Wisbech, said: “It went brilliantly. They did absolutely fine and love their new hair.
“They are quite shocked with the total and didn’t think they would raise that much money. They were really excited every time they were sponsored.”
People across the area are urged to continue to support the fundraising efforts.
Wisbech Town Football Club’s mascot Fenny the Fenman is also getting involved.
Gavin Clarey will be donning the costume to compete in a mascots’ race at Wetherby Racecourse on April 26.
Gavin is running the race for A Local Wish, which is supporting Billy’s appeal.
A carer will undergo a leg and chest wax in aid of the Billy Lee appeal.
Matthew Lee, a senior carer at Dove Court Care Home, will take on the challenge at the home in Kirkgate Street, Wisbech, next Friday, March 20, at 10.30am – and local people are being invited to go and watch. Other fundraisers include a 24-hour snooker marathon at Wisbech Ex-Servicemen’s Club on Saturday.
A coffee morning will be held in Elm Centre on March 20, from 9.30am to 11am and bingo will be held at Emneth Central Hall on March 26. Eyes down at 6.30pm.