December 18, 2015
Over £10,000 raised in memory of 12 year-old Burnham cancer victim

More 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.

12 year-old Joe 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 Hospital.

A 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.

"It was a fantastic event, with one Royal Marine running for the whole 24 hours and completing 70 miles," said Melanie Bax, Joe's mum.

She told "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."

She 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.

Over 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

Burnham-On-Sea 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.

Also see:
Tributes paid to Joe, 12, as he loses brave two-year cancer fight


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