Andy Burnham thanks fundraising family

A dedicated family of fundraisers were given a personal thank you by Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham.

The parents, two sisters and other relatives of Leah Davies have raised around £25,000 for The Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust, through their ‘Love Leah’ appeal.

Sarah Davies presents a cheque and accepts a thank you certificate at The Walton Centre with, from left: Consultant Neurosurgeon Paul May; Chairman Ken Hoskisson; and MPs Andy Burnham and Steve Rotheram

Leah was just 19 when she died after a motorcycle accident in the summer, triggering a huge campaign of fundraising for specialist neuroscience trust, The Walton Centre.

Andy Burnham, Shadow Health Secretary, was on a fact finding visit to The Walton Centre and invited the family to join him, to learn about their appeal.

Leah’s twin sister Sarah presented a cheque for more than £1,600 raised by her former school, Golborne High School, after activities including a non-uniform day, cake sale, sponsored walk and wristband sales.

In turn, Andy Burnham presented a thank you certificate on behalf of The Walton Centre.

Sarah Davies said: “I would like to say a big thank you to Golborne High School, on behalf of my sister Rachel and all the family, for the fabulous amount of money they have raised – and for their continuing support.”

Andy Burnham was accompanied by Walton MP Steve Rotheram and both MPs pledged to take part in a Love Leah bike ride in March.

Mr Burnham said: “"Leah was a lovely young person and her loss has left a huge hole in our community.

"The effect Leah had on people can be seen in the incredible response to the 'Love Leah' appeal. That, I know, is a comfort to her family and, because of it, Leah is still making a difference to other people's lives.

"I wish to thank Leah's family for turning their own tragedy into a positive drive to support the Walton Centre. It helps thousands of people recover from serious brain injury and is, quite simply, the best of the NHS.

"Leah's family could not have chosen a better cause to support in Leah's memory and it makes me proud to see so many of my young constituents, particularly the students of Golborne High, giving to it so generously."

MP Steve Rotheram added: “It is humbling to see the tremendous fundraising efforts of the Davies family in memory of Leah.  Out of their personal tragedy will come hope to many.”

More events are being planned by Leah’s family in the coming year and all funds raised are supporting The Walton Centre’s Home from Home Appeal, to provide relatives’ accommodation and new rehabilitation facilities.