Co-op worker pledges to help buy new legs for Levana Hanson
A SUPERMARKET worker is supporting the campaign to buy a girl new artificial legs.
The family of 11-year-old Levana Hanson, who had her lower legs amputated as a baby after contracting meningitis, have been building up a trust fund to help her later in life. They believe she will want expensive new prosthetic limbs when she reaches her teens, to replace the NHS ones she has now.
Now Ricky Gill, who works at the Co-operative in Tewkesbury High Street, hopes to raise a large amount for Levana by holding an indoor market and music gig.
Despite not knowing her personally, he heard about her situation and decided he wanted to help.
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The market is set to feature 15 stalls in the Watson Hall, from 10am to 2pm on November 24. Then from 7pm that day, at the same venue, Ricky has booked four bands, including 1980s rock band Wrathchild.
He said: "It's a good cause. Now Levana is getting older, she wants the best legs money can buy and who can blame her?"
The 31-year-old, who lives in Ash Road, Northway, opted to support the Levana Hanson Trust after asking online friends to suggest a possible charity.
He said: "I put a message on my Facebook page and many people commented about Levana so I thought it would be good to help her."
The other bands signed up for the music gig are The Last Exit, a pub covers band, pop duet Binomial and ska band Ska'd.
Tickets for the event cost £8 in advance and are available at the Co-operative store.
Levana, who lives in Walton Cardiff and has just started at Tewkesbury School, said: "I would like to say thanks to Ricky.
"It's really nice he's doing it."
She added that, unfortunately, she would not be able to attend the gig because she would be involved in the national championships for disabled swimmers in Sheffield.
"It's really sad that I will miss it," she said. Her mother, Glenda Hill, said: "It's nice that people who don't know us that well are prepared to do things like this for us."
She explained that Levana's new legs were likely to cost tens of thousands of pounds.