25 February 2013

Lewis Mighty Fund joins Nottingham Hospitals Charity

Lewis Mighty Fund joins Nottingham Hospitals Charity

Children with cancer from across the East Midlands are to be helped by a fund set up in memory of an inspirational young local boy, Lewis Mighty, who sadly passed away last year.

Lewis' story, his mischievous grin and his lively spirit touched the local community and local media, who pulled together to raise the money for his treatment.

The Lewis Mighty Fund is now joining Nottingham Hospitals Charity, to benefit children with cancer being treated at Nottingham Children's Hospital and in the wider community.

Thanks to generous fundraising and donations, the £224,000 originally raised for Lewis, who suffered from Neuroblastoma, a form of childhood cancer, will be used to benefit other local patients and families. A further £25,000 was also raised by Lewis' supporters to help fund enhancements to the children's cancer ward where he was treated, at Nottingham Children's Hospital.

Lewis' story also touched the hearts of international singer James Morrison and his wife Gill, who hail from the East Midlands and followed Lewis' journey in the local press.

The couple are now strong supporters of the Lewis Mighty Fund, and James will perform live at a private event marking the start of the collaboration between the Lewis Mighty Fund and Nottingham Hospitals Charity on Monday 25 February. James will also spend time meeting young patients and families on the children's cancer ward where Lewis was treated.

Click here to see a video of James Morrison performing at the Nottingham Children's Hospital.

Jaime Mighty, Lewis' mum, said: "It's fantastic to have James and Gill's support and we're looking forward to them helping us mark the joining of Lewis' fund with Nottingham Hospitals Charity.

"It will be hard to go back on to the children's cancer ward where Lewis was treated, but I'm glad we're able to do something to help other children and families who are in the same situation as we were, all in Lewis' memory."

Barbara Cathcart, Chief Executive of Nottingham Hospitals Charity, said: "We'd like to extend our sincere thanks to Jaime and Perry Mighty, Lewis' parents, and everyone who has supported Lewis and his memory. The support shown has been incredible, and Lewis' family are truly inspirational, helping his legacy live on and benefit other children like him.

"We've all followed Lewis' story so far and the story is by no means over yet. We'll be doing a lot of fundraising for the Lewis Mighty Fund over the coming months and years, to support other children and families affected by cancer. We look forward to continuing to expand the great work already done by Lewis' family, friends and supporters."

Professor David Walker, Paediatric Oncology Consultant at Nottingham Children's Hospital, who was part of the team that treated Lewis during his time in hospital, said: "Lewis was a very special and strong little boy and it's fitting that the fund set up in his name should continue to help other young patients like him.

"Nottingham Children's Hospital already has a national reputation for the way it cares for children with cancer, and the money raised through the Lewis Mighty Fund will serve to further enhance this reputation and the service we're able to offer to our patients."

To find out more about the Lewis Mighty Fund and Nottingham Hospitals Charity or to make a donation, please go to www.nottinghamhospitalscharity.org.uk or call Nottingham Hospitals Charity on 0115 962 7905.

NHS Nottingham University Hospitals
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