Sisters take a giant leap for Epworth boy’s legacy

Jade and Lyndsey McConachie sit on the bench in memory of Lex Strong  in Epworth High street, both sisters are doing a parachute jump on July 28th at Hibaldstow Airfield to raise money  for the Lex Strong Charity

Jade and Lyndsey McConachie sit on the bench in memory of Lex Strong in Epworth High street, both sisters are doing a parachute jump on July 28th at Hibaldstow Airfield to raise money for the Lex Strong Charity

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Two sisters from an Epworth town centre business are to take a dramatic plunge, to help build a new legacy fund for Alexander Strong.

Jade and Lyndsey McConnachie, whose parents Ian and Jeanette run the Oceans 52 fish bar in High Street, will attempt sponsored parachute jumps from a plane at Hibaldstow Airfield later this month.

It comes as it was revealed that a massive £60,000 had been raised by Isle people to help send Alex for treatment before his death from cancer. The money will now be donated to help another child suffering from the same disease.

Jeanette told the Bells: “My daughters have been planning this for some time. We all thought the world of Alex.

“He would come and sit outside the shop to have his lunch after he had been for treatment sometimes, when he was well enough.”

The family has also placed a bench at Alex’s favourite spot in High Street, painted green, his favourite colour, with an engraved plaque to his memory.

Mrs McConnachie continued: “We, like many people in Epworth, want to see Lexy’s Legacy go on and benefit others. The message is that Alex is gone but not forgotten, or ‘strong but not forgotten’ as we like to say.”

Her daughters Jade, 33, and Lyndsey, 32, have T-shirts sporting the slogan ‘Jump for Lex, Jump for Life’, and have placed a collection box on the shop counter.

Lexy’s Legacy was set up after the seven-year old Epworth Primary pupil lost his fight for life against a rare form of cancer, neuroblastoma, in January. The money raised towards his treatment in a former fund, now closed but still unused, is just short of £60,000.

Mark Strong, Alex’s father, of Burnham Road, said: “We had hoped to pass this money on to another local family with the condition Lex had, but because this cancer is rare it has not been so easy to sort out.

“We sincerely hope to donate it soon to people with a child who might benefit from treatment overseas. We may need to pass it to the Neuroblastoma Alliance, so that they can identify the right family, somewhere local.

“It seems a shame if people need this money that it is still unused. We are keen to see it taken up.”

The two funds are to be kept entirely separate, he confirmed.

Mr Strong said: “The McConnachies have been very supportive and told us that they wanted to donate a bench with a plaque. It’s a lovely gesture and I’m sure it will be well-used.”

The McConnachies have paid for their own jumps on July 28, so all money raised will go to Lexy’s Legacy.

Future cash amassed in the Lexy’s Legacy fund is set to be split between the Neuroblastoma Alliance and Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice which cared for Lex before his death.