Charity squash comp in aid of Leo the Lion

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The island’s sports community is being asked to rally round and help raise funds to help a child with Manx links’s cancer treatment.

Four-year-old Leo Keefe, lives in Spain, but mum Karen was born and brought up in the Isle of Man and Leo’s uncle Sean was a former junior island squash champion.

The family are urgently trying to raise £150,000 so Leo can receive specialist proton therapy in the United States for the agrressive form of brain cancer he has.

Rob Boyles is organising a squash blitz at the NSC on Sunday, February 12 between 10am and 6pm to help bolster the fund.

Boyles said: ’Leo is my friend Karen’s son and she lost her dad Mike to the same cancer literally a month ago.

’Leo has been fighting this for a few years now has had five operation already. Chemo will leave him disabled for life and needing 24-hour care.

’Alder Hey has agreed to operate once more but then the only option he has of beating this is with proton therapy.

’We just don’t have much time as he is in surgery in two weeks and the proton therapy has to happen right after it.’

Boyles added the friendly competition is open to teams of six of all standards and ages: ’Players are going to be up against all levels of players.

’It will be a very friendly, family-orientated day, with people doing their bit for a good cause.’

For more information or to enter a team at the cost of £200 contact Boyles on 477061 or Les Callow on 494734 or by emailing Les at

The pair are also looking for help with sponsoring the cost of the courts so any individuals or companies that can help are asked to get in touch.

l League reports, page 38.

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