‘Lego walk’ legacy for tragic Leeds tot

The tot with her parents at the sensory room at St James' Hospital.
The tot with her parents at the sensory room at St James' Hospital.
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A ‘Lego firewalk’ fundraising challenge has been launched to help give disabled children and their families much-needed holidays.

The toe-curling test involves people filming themselves walking on a trail of Lego bricks, posting the video on social media, nominating others to do the same and donating to the Special Kids in the UK charity’s Lucy-Mai’s Marvellous Memory Making Machine appeal.

The appeal aims to raise £500,000 for five adapted motorhomes to allow disabled youngsters and their families low-cost accessible holiday stays in the UK.

It is the brainchild of Garforth resident and Special Kids in the UK fundraiser Dean Sanderson, whose two-year-old daughter Lucy-Mai passed away in 2008 after having a seizure in her sleep. She had severe cerebral palsy and epilepsy.

The 45-year-old told the YEP: “It’s about having a laugh raising some money but at the same time understanding what it’s like to have a disability and why these machines are so important.

“This could help us to give parents and their families the opportunity to spend time in an adapted home from home that has the facilities that they need.”

The ‘Lego firewalk’ was conceived to boost the fundraising efforts for the adapted motorhomes, which would have widened doorways, wheelchair access, posture beds, TVs and oxygen tanks to make it easier for families with disabled children to get away.

Mr Sanderson aims to eventually have ‘Marvellous Memory Making Machines’ stationed across the country to offer not-for-profit holidays in the next few years. More than £11,000 has been raised so far.

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