Here at FanaticHull we were saddened to hear news that a true local hero Lee Newton passed away this morning. Lee was a former Skirlaugh Bulls player but is best known for his courageous fundraising work after being diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease in 2013.
Lee set up the l6ve Life Foundation to help raise money to find a cure for the disease. The Foundation has raised over £200,000 since it began fundraising and this has been used for research and to help local Motor Neurone Disease sufferers. His foundation has helped raise the profile of the issue especially as it has been backed by local celebrities and was used as the main logo on the front of the Hull FC away shirt last season.
The L6ve life foundation has done great work since its inception and Lee was at the forefront of that along with his family who he was devoted to. The foundation paid for an Eyegaze system that helps sufferers of the disease to communicate and stay connected with their surroundings and they donated £50,000 to a research facility SiTran to help buy them new equipment.
Tributes have been pouring in from across the city and beyond for the married father of two who leaves behind a family that inspired him to set up the foundation. We would like to pass on our sincere condolences to Lee’s family and friends at this sad time and we hope that the L6veLife foundation continues to flourish in his memory.