Fundraising for Lee’s legacy
The family of a boy who lost his life to cancer at the age of eight have announced details of a fundraising event in his memory.
Lee Belgium, pictured, was originally from Thornbury but was living in Lyde Green at the time of his death in April.
Lee’s family are setting up a charity in his memory called Lee Belgium’s Lasting Legacy. They have organised a fundraiser at a South Gloucestershire pub as they work to establish the charity, which can raise up to £5,000 before it is officially registered and given a charity number.
Mum Clare Boxall said she wanted to keep Lee’s name “alive forever” and to benefit other children.
She said: “My poor boy is no longer here, and my life has changed for ever.
“I know he would want me to help families that have gone through the same: kids who have cancer and heart operations, kids that die from horrible accidents and their family need memories. We want to help with some of the cost of funeral flowers and a haircut to look their best on their day.”
The fundraiser will be held at the Live and Let Live pub in Frampton Cotterell, on Saturday August 31 from 3pm, with a barbecue, raffle, face paints, fancy dress, cake stall, auction and evening karaoke.
Clare said Lee had managed to beat cancer three times before the disease returned in August last year.
The family managed to raise £80,000 in four months for Lee to have a treatment trial and bone marrow transplant in Turkey, but then he got an infection which he could not survive.
She said: “Lee Belgium was my beautiful son, who was so strong and had so much fight in him.
“Lee never showed any weakness, he’s my superhero and the bravest boy ever.
“On 6th April my angel passed away with a horrible mucor fungus infection. He tried to kick it for a month, but we got told no one makes it out alive with this, it’s what they call the black death.”
A new Facebook group set up to support the charity and carrying its name already has over 3,000 members and Clare hopes it will help to generate funds to help other families in a similar situation.