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Barnsley Group Continue Tragic Teen's Wish

Monday October 14 2013

A GROUP of Barnsley fundraisers are continuing their quest to raise as much as possible for an 18-year-old who died of a brain tumour - just hours after singing 'Happy Birthday' to her mum.

Leah Bella Pearson was like any other teenager, looking forward to her future. However in March 2013, Leah's life was transformed with the news that she had a brain tumour.

Following an MRI scan, she was put on a six-week course of radiotherapy and chemotherapy at Weston Park Hospital, Sheffield, to shrink the tumour so she could undergo surgery to remove it.

Leah made a promise to herself that once she was better she would help to raise valuable funds for the hospital's Teenage Cancer Unit, to thank them for the help and support they provided for her and her family and to help other people going through an illness.

Having completed her treatment in June, Leah suddenly passed away - just hours after celebrating her mother's birthday.

Leah's parents Nigel, 39, and Haley, 37, along with younger siblings Shelby and Corey and the family's friends took over Leah’s wish and started to raise money in her memory.

The group has so far raised over £4,000.

Their latest project is a charity calendar which they've put together in the hope of selling to raise some more funds to continue Leah's wish.

A group of 18 local people got together with a photographer and spent a couple of afternoons at a location having some photos taken for the calendar.

The photos have now been edited and formatted into a calendar and the group's efforts have been awarded with a sponsor, to help with printing costs.

Haley said: "Leah got on with it, she made everybody laugh and she turned into a little comedian. She brought laughter to a lot of people."

Nigel and Haley said Leah was a very popular girl and was a keen dancer and actress, even landing a role as an extra in BBC drama Waterloo Road.

Nigel added: "Everything she wanted in her life she achieved. Her driving test - she passed that first time. When she got diagnosed it took everything off her but she kept smiling."

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Reply Posted by Megan Young on Monday October 14 2013 at 15:48
Leah was amazing in every single way and I'm one of the luckiest people in the world to call her one of my best friends. I hope everyone does their bit and buys a calendar, I know I will be! Carrying on Leah's wishes to raise money will always be my determination. I hope everyone realises how amazing she was. Xxxx

Reply Posted by Jason on Monday October 14 2013 at 18:16
I wish them well , Leah was such an amazing young woman

Reply Posted by Jane Martin on Monday October 14 2013 at 20:05
Leah was an amazing young lady that always thought of others first. Let's all help to carry on this amazing ladies wish x

Reply Posted by briony wright on Tuesday October 15 2013 at 02:05
Our Leah was an amazing girl who got on with her life and achieved everything she could and then got diagnosed with a horrible thing she was an inspiration too all the family and even her best friends.. We love you bella rest in piece beautiful and we will carry on raising as much as we can for you xxx

Reply Posted by Lisa Iliffe on Tuesday October 15 2013 at 15:44
I have never met anyone like Leah. She was beautiful. She was full of energy and smiles, making everyone laugh. You couldn't be down when she was around. For a girl of her young age she was outstandingly strong and determined. So much so that she has inspired so many if her family and friends to raise money in her honour. Well done to anyone who has taken part in the many events organised.

Reply Posted by tracy on Saturday October 19 2013 at 13:16
Where can i get the calender from? Such tragic.loss, my thoughts are with you all x

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