Fenland raises £70,000 for Billy Lee fund
Generous people in Fenland have rallied round to raise more than £70,000 in just eight weeks to buy a prosthetic leg for a Wisbech St Mary man.
Billy Lee and his family have sent out a massive thank you to people in Fenland for raising enough money to buy the Helix 3d leg, which is not available on the NHS.
Surgeon’s amputated the 20-year-old’s right leg in January after he had been diagnosed with a rare cancer.
The tumour was discovered just days before his 20th birthday in November last year.
His parents Spencer and Rebecca, who is known as Bex, have already contacted the orthopaedic company about the leg and hope to see Billy standing at his 21st birthday.
Bex said: “Thank you to everyone from the bottom of our hearts. The messages of support have been incredible.
“Billy is really chuffed. His face was a picture when we told him. He knows now he is going to get the leg and life will get back to normal.” People across Fenland have organised bingos, fun days, collections and much more for Billy, who will be taking his driving test for an automatic car next week.
But while the family has reached the £70,000 target to buy the leg, they still need to raise an additional £37,000 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.
Among the recent donations is a £917 cheque from the team at the Wisbech Asda store.
Future fundraising events include a bag pack in the Tesco Extra store in Wisbech, on Saturday, April 25, along with the Billy’s Boys sponsored bike ride from Cambridge to Wisbech St Mary, while David Youngs will be tackling the 10km Grand East Anglian run in King’s Lynn.
A clairvoyant evening will be held in Wisbech St Mary Sports and Community Centre on Sunday, May 10. Tickets cost £10.
A music festival is to be held at Pentney Lakes on Sunday, May 24, with an eight- mile sponsored walk around Ferry Meadows on Monday, May 25.