Exmouth continues Leo support

PUBLISHED: 12:30 17 July 2015

Nine month old Leo Burton. Ref exe 1984-25-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

Nine month old Leo Burton. Ref exe 1984-25-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn


People in Exmouth are rallying round to help a nine-month-old boy from Lympstone who is battling a rare and aggressive cancer.

Leo Burton, of Wotton Lane, is currently in the United States receiving proton therapy as he fights to beat the disease.

Scores of people turned out at Littlemead Church hall for a flower arranging demonstration.

The event raised more than £1,000 for baby Leo.

His grandmother, Pam Drysdale, who helped to organise the event, said: “We were absolutely delighted with the total - it will help them with the additional costs.

“It felt like the whole of Exmouth was behind Leo.”

Leo’s dad, James, said: “An amazing effort and special thanks to Pam who was the driving force behind it.

“Exmouth continues to support Leo and we are very grateful.”

Various fundraising events held in Exmouth and Lympstone have raised more than £28,000 for the cause.

That money will allow Leo’s family to continue to support him as he receives treatment.

A women’s rugby team from Exeter University, where Leo’s dad works, raised more than £600.

● More than 35 children and their parents will be doing a sponsored walk from the Octagon in Exmouth to Orcombe Point on Saturday, July 18, to raise funds for Leo.

● A cream tea fundraiser will be taking place at Exmouth Cricket Club on Monday, August 24.

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