Hundreds step up for fitness fundraiser to help Billy Lee to walk again as the appeal funds tops £20,000
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Fundraisers braved armeggedon on Sunday to help boost the appeal to help Wisbech St Mary’s man Billy Lee get back on his own two feet.
More than 250 people signed up for fitness classes at the 24/7 Gym at Tesco in Wisbech held in aid of the “Billy’s back on my own 2 feet” fund launched just 11 days ago.
Donations have flooded in since Billy’s story was featured on the front of the Wisbech Standard two weeks ago with the total raised hitting over £20,500 by Monday morning.
Sunday’s keep fit event, which included an array of classes including, pump, combat and armeggedon, raised around £2,000.
Billy a 20-year-old trainee electrician lost his right leg after doctors were forced to amputate from the hip down because of a massive tumour in the limb.
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His parents Rebecca (Bex) and Spencer Lee launched the fund to raise £70,000 to buy their brave son a ‘bionic’ leg, which will enable him to walk again and live a normal life.
His apprenticeship and job with Bloom and Wake are being held open but without a fully functioning prosthetic Billy will be unable to return to work.
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The NHS have offered him a false limb, but it does not bend, is very heavy and will not allow Billy the mobility he needs to live normally.
Local MP Steve Barclay has been moved by Billy’s plight and is writing to Prime Minister David Cameron to ask why the NHS will not pay for a new working leg of Billy.
Mrs Lee said: “It has been unbelievable, people have really got behind the fund and we have been overwhelmed by just how generous everyone has been. Sunday’s fitness day was amazing and we are grateful to everyone who came along and joined in and also to the people who gave up their time to run the classes.”
The fundraising will continue and there is a whole calendar of events planned over the coming months. To find out more visit the fund’s Facebook page or to make a donation visit www.gofundme.com