Charity marks Levi’s birthday with his walk

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On the day that should have been Levi Ringer’s 13th birthday, more than 100 people joined a walk to support the charity set up in his memory.

Little Levi was only six-years-old when he died from a brain tumour in 2006.

Levi Ringer 2013 walk - Levi Ringer - The group with Vicky & Layla Ringer at the front

Levi Ringer 2013 walk - Levi Ringer - The group with Vicky & Layla Ringer at the front

Afterwards, his family set up the charity Levi’s Star to raise awareness and money to help other children suffering from similar conditions.

And on Saturday, the annual sponsored walk was held at Newmillerdam to mark his birthday.

His mum, Vicky Ringer, said: “It was a fantastic day. All the people who have supported us right from the beginning came as well as some new faces which was great.

“Because it was Levi’s birthday, it was really special that so many people came out to support us.”

Since the charity was set up in 2008, it has helped more than 100 children who have been diagnosed with brain tumours and raised more than £130,000.

The money raised from the walk is still being collected, but it will be used to help even more children in Levi’s memory.

Miss Ringer, 41, said: “When we first started Levi’s Star we were all still grieving but I knew we would be able to make it successful because there is a real need out of there for raising awareness of brain tumours and money to help sufferers.

“We have got such amazing supporters - we wouldn’t be able to do it without them and I’m really grateful to everyone.

“I know that money is tight for families at the moment and there are lots of good charities all vying for donations so the fact that people chose to support us is wonderful.”

In Ossett, another £700 has been raised for Levi’s Star by patients and healthcare staff during a week of fundraising at the MedicX Pharmacy.

A tombola, cake, book stalls and competitions raised £350 and the total was doubled by the chemist’s headquarters.

For more information about the charity and how to support their fundraising, log on to their website, www.levisstar.co.uk