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Lewis Mighty cancer fund: Singer James Morrison becomes patron

  • 25 February 2013
  • From the section Derby
Lewis Mighty
Nearly 1,000 lanterns were released in Lewis's memory the day after he died

The parents of a Derby boy who died from cancer are donating more than £250,000 to a fund to help children with the disease.

The money was raised to help send Lewis Mighty to the US for treatment, but he was too ill to travel.

The cash will now be used at Nottingham Children's Hospital. Singer James Morrison will be a patron of the fund.

Lewis, who was seven when he died last year, had a rare form of cancer called neuroblastoma.

His parents Jaime and Perry Mighty will present a cheque to the hospital, based at Queen's Medical Centre, and Morrison will perform during the ceremony.

Signed guitar

"He (Lewis) has touched people more than we could ever imagine he could - even now," his mother said.

Mrs Mighty said she was "delighted, excited and honoured" that Morrison was willing to help the fund.

"James and his wife Gill had followed Lewis's story over the four years and when we lost him last May it touched them quite deeply," Mrs Mighty said.

Morrison has already made donations including a signed guitar that will be used on the ward for the children to play with.

Mrs Mighty said the family originally wanted to run their own charity but had decided to join up with the hospital trust's child cancer charity.

About 3,000 tributes were posted on Facebook following Lewis's death and nearly 1,000 lanterns were released in his memory the day after his funeral.

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