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raised of £130,000 target by 3448 supporters

    Weʼve raised £127,747 to support Luke Mortimer and his family

    Funded on Tuesday, 30th June 2020

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    This is 7 year old Luke.

    Luke was a budding 7 year old rugby player, a bundle of joy who even at a young age had embraced life and everyday was a happy day. His whole family was part of the rugby community, with his dad coaching many age grade youngsters and his mum, running a children’s rugby kit recycling stall, so that the young boys and girls, always had the right gear to play and train in.

    However, whilst the rest of us were buying and wrapping presents ready for Christmas, the families life was turned upside down. On the 13th Dec 2019 Luke fell ill with Meningococcal Meningitis.

    Meningococcal Meningitis is a bacterial disease which if not treated early is a killer. Luke was rushed to hospital and with the fantastic work of our nurses, doctors and specialist care teams Luke was transferred to Sheffield Children’s Hospital Luke’s and his young life was saved, however the disease has taken its toll on his little body. Over the last 28 days Luke has endured many hours of surgery to remove both hands, left at mid forearm and right just below the elbow, he has also lost both legs below the knee. He has proven he is a fighter, however his life and the life of his mum, dad and his 10 year old big brother will never be the same.

    Luke and his family will now face many challenges, and this along with many locally hosted fundraising events, is a way to help Luke and his family.



    • John Firth3 years ago
      John Firth

      John Firth

      3 years ago

      Guys, really sorry that I have not been able to keep everyone updated. It is great news that Luke is now home and settling in well with the family - this said, he still a long way to go and we are so very much appreciative of the continued support Luke and the family are receiving. Please keep plugging away and sharing Luke story far and wide.... It would be great to try and get to the £150,000.00 mark. How good does that sound but to already be at £125K plus is a sum out of this world! Much love to all! The #ThisIsLuke team

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    • John Firth4 years ago
      John Firth

      John Firth

      4 years ago

      Hello everyone - I haven't updated for a while! Its been a busy few weeks with all the different events happening. From local cake sales to karaoke, darts / dominoes knockouts to school disco's - it all going on and every penny raised goes that little further for Luke and the family. Luke is doing well and is staying strong. Just a quick reminder about the big charity rugby match on the 29th Feb - the Luke Mortimer Select XV squad has been named. We cannot wait to see Adam (Luke's Dad) lead the team out onto the field. It will be a great day!

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    • John Firth4 years ago
      John Firth

      John Firth

      4 years ago

      RUGBY DAY TICKETS. Ladies and gentlemen, here is the ticket booking link for the Rugby Match. Due to limited space, there are only 400 tickets available and are £5.98p each. Purchase is limited to 10. We kindly ask that people only purchase tickets that they require, to allow other the opportunity to purchase. Please remember without a ticket you can still enjoy the rugby and outside activities.

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    • Amy Bell

      Amy Bell

      Jun 30, 2020

      In addition to the £1k raised from the walk from Skipton - Leyburn, this was a last minute donation 👍 xx


    • Whitby Mini Maroons

      Whitby Mini Maroons

      Jun 23, 2020

      We are so impressed by the courage Luke and his family have shown and we just wanted to show our support. We have added Luke & Harry to our 2020 Lockdown Squad #rugbyfamily


    • Anonymous


      Jun 12, 2020

      I hope you are all well and managing at home. Lots of love x


    • Shelley


      Jun 10, 2020

      What a brave little man you are Luke. There will be lots of challenges ahead, but if you keep that winning smile you will be a star !


    • Anonymous


      Jun 9, 2020

      Take one day at a time, there will good days and there will be bad days, but you will all get through, your life is filled with love.


    • Heaton Moor Colts Rugby Team

      Heaton Moor Colts Rugby Team

      Jun 6, 2020

      To Luke & his family, we are all thinking of you, Luke is such a brave young man. We had a race night in early March, and the team decided that the proceeds from 1 of the races was going to Luke.


    • Anonymous


      Jun 6, 2020

      Saw you story in the Craven Herald and feel your little boy deserves help rather than the NHS and Covid charities. I hope he continues to recover, and adapt to the path fate has chosen for him.

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    There does not have be a connection for this story to touch a nerve but being a fellow amputee, a rugby coach/player coupled with being a family friend, it was a no brainer to support Luke were possible. #ThisIsLuke just giving page is away for all to help Luke in any way we can.

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