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Barnsley Family Back Hospital's Christmas Appeal

Monday December 2 2013

THE family of an 18-year-old who died of a brain tumour just hours after singing 'Happy Birthday' to her mum are backing a hospital's Christmas appeal.

Leah Pearson had received care on the Teenage Cancer Unit at Weston Park Hospital in Sheffield - and now her family are supporting its 'Christmas Star Appeal'.

The appeal encourages people to give a gift over the festive season to support the hospital's vital work.

The teenager's family has also produced a special calendar which features pictures of Leah to raise additional funds for the cancer charity.

Leah was diagnosed with an incurable brain tumour just four months after noticing she was suffering from headaches in November last year.

She made a promise to herself that once she was better she would help to raise valuable funds for the hospital, 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, 16, and Corey, 11, took over Leah’s wish and started to raise money in her memory along with her friends.

Supporters who donate to appeal will receive a silver star decoration to hang on their own Christmas tree.

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Reply Posted by lauren on Monday December 2 2013 at 16:58
I wish u all the best xxxx

Reply Posted by Omowunmi on Tuesday December 3 2013 at 00:38
God know the best

Reply Posted by sally on Tuesday December 3 2013 at 11:32
What a lovely thing to do. Sorry for your loss. I will send a donation.

Reply Posted by Gaynor on Tuesday December 3 2013 at 13:28
I remember Leah when she was a pupil at the nursery where i worked. She was beautiful and endearing even at 4 year old and its hard to imagine that she was never able to fulfil her dreams and aspirations. Such a tragic loss of a young life. Lets hope lots of people get on board to help with this appeal in honour of Leah and her commitment to helping the hospital. RIP Leah x

Reply Posted by Vicky Lindley on Tuesday December 3 2013 at 16:40
Calendars are on sale from Leah's page on Facebook at £6.00 each 100% goes to teenage cancer at western park please buy one x

Reply Posted by Nigel pearson (dad) on Tuesday December 3 2013 at 17:29
Yes plz buy these Callander girl style Callander there have leahs mum, nanan , aunties and friends n family all semi naked....there are an ideal Xmas present and everything goes to the charity, the Facebook page is Leah bella pearson events or contact myself on 07795562275

Reply Posted by Connie on Tuesday December 3 2013 at 19:35
Love you Leah, miss you loads xxx

Reply Posted by Lesley on Tuesday December 3 2013 at 23:23
Leah was my cousin's daughter, beautiful girl! I live in the USA and have purchased the Calendar! it is amazing... Please help them raise money, any amount will help! Thinking about all the children that are going through treatments and their families. Please help!

Reply Posted by Dave on Friday December 6 2013 at 20:06
That's a lovely thing to do Lesley, I hope more people follow you on that. My mother is at Weston Park right now with metastatic cancer and while she's lived longer than a teenager, i know how it is for families.

Thank you.

Reply Posted by Natalie on Friday December 6 2013 at 23:06
How do we donate?