New logo for appeal in memory of former Evening News’ Brave Child of the Year

A pink butterfly leaving a trail of musical notes in its wake, has become the official logo of a growing appeal set up in memory of a Great Yarmouth schoolgirl, who won The Evening News' Brave Child of the Year award in 2007.

The motif has already been associated with Leah Wilby through a range of fundraising events but after a design by her sister Keata has been adopted as the main symbol of The Leah Wilby Foundation.

The appeal, to raise �20,000 for a holiday home at Haven Seashore, Yarmouth, is gaining more support every week, delighting Leah's parents Debbie and Richard who say they are 'overwhelmed' by the efforts of local people.

Mrs Wilby said she was particularly touched by the actions of two Caister school girls who even though they had never met Leah were determined to raise money for the appeal.

Chloe Soanes and Melissa Anderson, both 16, raised �160 via a ten hour skate at Retroskate.


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They wrote to Mrs Wilby saying: 'First learning about this devastating news, both of our hearts were immediately touched leaving us eager to help and support the family and friends of Leah Wilby.'

Leah died in June aged 15 after a four year battle with cancer. Her death devastated family and friends but has also touched people who had never met her and inspired them to contribute in some way.

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A fundraising night at Gorleston's Cliff Hotel on November 4 has already drawn a raft of raffle and auction prizes.

Meanwhile Mrs Wilby was gobsmacked when Barclays Bank in Gorleston named Leah's foundation as its charity of the year with staff already planning a 300 mile cycle ride on an exercise bike at the High Street branch on September 5.

Tickets for the event on November 4 are �5. Pink charity wristbands are available for a minimum donation of �1. For tickets or information or to donate a raffle prize contact Leahs.lounge@hotmail.co.uk or call Mrs Wilby on 07917 163993.

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