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Charity rugby game for Skipton's Luke Mortimer

Charity rugby game for Skipton's Luke Mortimer

Published by May Norman at 7:01am 29th February 2020.

Charity rugby game for a boy from Skipton who has had both his hands and legs amputated from meningitis  

  • A charity rugby match for a boy from Skipton who's had both his hands and legs amputated takes place today (Saturday, 29 February).
  • 7 year-old Luke Mortimer contracted meningitis before Christmas and had to have both hands and legs amputated to save his life.  
  • As a keen rugby player before falling ill, Skipton Rugby Club has organised a special game, raising funds for him and his family.

A fundraising charity rugby match in aid of a Skipton boy who's recovering after being struck down with meningitis takes place today (Saturday, 29 February).

Skipton Rugby Club has organised the game for Luke Mortimer, who suffered from meningitis before Christmas.

As a result of the illness, the 7-year-old has had both hands and legs amputated.

Skipton RFC launched a fundraising page for Luke, which has raised over £113,000.

John Firth set up the Just Giving page for Luke. Writing on the page, his message was clear to those who've donated:

"All I can say is a massive thank you to every single person who has donated, shared Luke's story and sent wishes and messages. Donations keep coming in.

"Not just the local community, which has been fantastic in its efforts, but from all over the UK different fundraising events have been happening. Keep spreading the love and watch out soon for some big events coming up!"

Luke was taken to hospital on 13th December and was transferred to Sheffield Children's Hospital after suffering from meningitis.  

Over the last 28 days, he has had surgery to remove his left hand at mid-forearm, his right just below the elbow, and both legs below the knee.

Charity rugby match

Skipton Rugby Club has also organising a charity match to raise further funds to help Luke and his family.

The 'Luke Mortimer Select XV squad' - which includes Luke's dad - will take on HMS Prince of Wales Royal Navy 15 on Saturday, 29 February at 2.15pm.

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