£10,000 raised in memory of 12 year-old Burnham cancer victim
than £10,400 has been raised to improve facilities for children
being treated at Taunton's Musgrove Park Hospital in memory of
12 year-old Burnham-On-Sea cancer victim Joe Laoutaris, who tragically
passed away earlier this year.
died in March after a brave two year fight against Ewings Sarcoma
Cancer, leading to numerous fundraising activities in the
area and the team has this week presented the funds to Musgrove
group of Royal Marines, pictured above, recently held a 24-hour
run to raise money for Oak Ward, the Children's Ward at Musgrove
Park Hospital where Joe received most his treatment. The Royal
Marines joined Joe's family and friends in taking part.
was a fantastic event, with one Royal Marine running for the whole
24 hours and completing 70 miles," said Melanie Bax, Joe's
told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "Along with money remaining from
Joe's Memorial Day at King Alfred School back in July, the total
amount raised from sponsorship and the JustGiving page is an amazing
£10,429.10. We have presented the money to staff at Musgrove
and our thanks go to everyone who donated and supported us."
said the money will go towards improving the facilities for children
staying on Oak Ward and to the Compass Team, also at Musgrove,
who continue to support Joe's family.
40 friends and family members of Joe Laoutaris took part in the
Taunton 5km Race for Life earlier this year as 'Team Joe' and
raised £2,700 for Cancer Research UK in memory of Joe
youngster Leia-Mae Adams raised hundreds of pounds for charity
by donating several inches of her hair in memory of her friend
Joe earlier this year. She gave ten inches of hair to The Little
Princess Trust, who provide real-hair wigs to boys and girls who
have lost their own hair through cancer treatment.
paid to Joe, 12, as he loses brave two-year cancer fight