Legg Power in ChemoHero fundraising

Leah started with the challenge of a 100-mile cycle over five days

Leah started with the challenge of a 100-mile cycle over five days - Credit: ChemoHero

Barnstaple woman, Leah Bolton, otherwise known as Leah Legg, has been busy with various fundraising activities this last 18 months and has raised thousands of pounds for ChemoHero. 

Leah, who works for Atlas Packaging, was inspired to get involved as ChemoHero is the firm’s official charity this year. 

Miss Legg said: “Just before lockdown a team had come together to come up with ideas for fundraising., However, we’d hardly had chance to meet when lockdown happened. Because ChemoHero is Atlas’s chosen charity I was fortunate enough to meet Lisa Wallis, someone with whom I connected immediately. 

“I was so inspired by her commitment to her charity and her strength throughout everything she was dealing with that I decided to get fully involved and came up with some ideas to fundraise for this amazing cause. 

“I decided that the best way to raise funds was to undertake events that were really quite out of my comfort zone and would be most likely to attract those ever-important donations.” 

This all took place throughout various lockdowns so involved those things that could be done solo or with social distancing observed. 

Leah started with the challenge of a 100-mile cycle over five days, she organised a ‘bad’ shirt day at work and a raffle with prizes donated from lots of local business. 

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Although her biggest challenge was yet to come – cycling 100 miles in one day on her trusted bike Penelope, previous to this she had only ever cycled 30 miles in one go. 

Leah rode Barnstaple to Torrington and back three times, she then rode to Braunton and then back to Fremington Quay where the finish line was and Lisa was there to cheer her on as she finished. 

She said: “Although it was the toughest thing I’d ever done, I just kept thinking of the reason why I was doing it and that Lisa would be there at the finish to greet me.” 

This epic feat and her previous challenges have so far raised a staggering £4,773.97 and she’s not done yet. 

Miss Legg said: “My latest idea is an online raffle so I’ve been getting in touch with various local companies for donations to this and I want to thank them for their incredibly generous donations, but the cherry on the cake and the first thing up, is the fantastic signed Exeter Chiefs rugby top, which even has the ChemoHero colours in it. I can’t wait to see how much we can raise with this awesome donation from Exeter Chiefs. 

“Once this has been raffled off, I will be organising a Christmas raffle with some excellent prizes from our wonderful local businesses. 

“Despite only knowing Lisa a short time, I feel very privileged to have known her and to be able to have called her my friend. Lisa was the most kind, selfless, brave and most real person I’d ever met and I know she will be missed by so many.”

A signed Exeter Chiefs rugby shirt is the raffle's top prize

A signed Exeter Chiefs rugby shirt is the raffle's top prize - Credit: ChemoHero

Rob Wallis and the ChemoHero team said: “Leah’s ongoing support of ChemoHero is amazing. She always puts so much determination into making her fundraising adventures successful. We can’t help but be thankful and impressed with what she has achieved over the last 18 months, which have been difficult for us and cancer patients due to Covid 19.  

ChemoHero and those having cancer treatment are so lucky to have fundraisers like Leah in our local community. Her fundraising has enabled us to gift a box of kindness to seventy more people starting their treatment at the North Devon District Hospital. Leah is a true fundraising hero!” 

In order to be in with a chance of winning simply visit: https://chemohero.rallyup.com/2c4c40/Campaign/Details

Entries for ChemoHero’s Online Signed Exeter Chiefs Rugby Top Raffle close at the end of October 2021, so be quick to buy your tickets!

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