Lyle fundraising nears total after tough peaks feat

Tackling the Yorks Three Peaks for Lyle Duckworth
Tackling the Yorks Three Peaks for Lyle Duckworth
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walkers took on a tough challenge to help a blind toddler from Leeds get closer to life-changing treatment in Thailand.

A total of 28 people completed the Yorkshire Three Peaks for Lyle Duckworth, including the tot’s dad Lee.

Their fundraising helped take the total raised for Lyle to £23,000 – just £2,000 short of the target.

His family have been collecting to pay for stem cell injections in Thailand later this year, which it is hoped will help the youngster to see, as well as improving his movement.

The 22-month-old, from Whinmoor, Leeds, was born 15 weeks prematurely and had to be resuscitated at birth.

He suffered bleeding on the brain, which has left him blind, and he has cerebral palsy.

After doctors in Leeds told his parents they couldn’t offer him any more treatment for his sight, his parents started the fundraising campaign which has gone from strength-to-strength after it was publicised in the Yorkshire Evening Post.

His mum Paula McGregor said she was “very emotional” at the amount raised.

“I’m totally overwhelmed that all these people did this for my little man, there really are some good people out there.

“We cannot believe how much we have raised so far.”

Lyle weighed just 1lb 13ozs at birth and afterwards was on a ventilator for six weeks, but has defied predictions to breathe unaided.

The appeal for his treatment has seen money flood in, with the latest challenge involving 28 people.

They set off at 7am last weekend and took nine hours to complete the Three Peaks, though Lyle’s dad said it the hardest thing he had ever done.

Paula thanked all who had taken part, especially organiser Dermot Grimes, and members of the public who have pulled together for Lyle.

Donate via or text 70070 Lyle49 and the amount.

Lizzie Jones with fellow campaigners.

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