Fundraising page for Kettering child forced to have leg amputated smashes target

The Just Giving page for Luke Lester
The Just Giving page for Luke Lester

A fundraising page has been set up to raise money for a Kettering child forced to have a leg amputated after falling ill before Christmas.

Three-year-old Luke Lester was taken to Leicester Royal Infirmary’s Intensive Care Unit with an infection on December 21 but went rapidly downhill and is still in a critical condition.

He is likely to lose his other foot – and godmother Mandy Coyne has now set up a JustGiving page to help raise funds for his family.

The page has smashed the original target of £500, reaching nearly double that in less than a week.

The money donated will be used to help his parents, Clare and Anthony, with the cost of staying at the hospital, and provide special equipment for Luke upon his return home.

Messages of support, many from those who do not know the family, have flooded in on the fundraising site.

One reads: “I don’t know him but as a mother myself I had to donate.

“Sending lots of love and prayers for little Luke.

“Also lots of strength for his loving family at this difficult time. Thinking of you xxx.”

Another reads: “While I don’t know you personally, as a parent, I feel your pain.

“My thoughts and prayers are with you all.”

To donate to Luke’s cause, visit the fundraising page by clicking here.