Worksop: Family’s fundraising bid in memory of loveable Lee

Lee Packard passed away in 2002
Lee Packard passed away in 2002

A pair of longstanding supporters of The Children’s Hospital Charity are set to hold a Hawaiian-themed party in memory of their son, who died on Christmas Eve 12 years ago.

Greg and Gill Packard, of Rydal Drive, Worksop, have been raising money for the charity to thank the hospital where Lee was treated after being hit by a car in 2002.

Gill, said: “We spent a week at the hospital following the accident, but sadly Lee passed away on Christmas Eve. But the hospital gave us that extra week with Lee, without their help, care and expertise we would not have has that valuable time with our son.”

“We don’t stay at home for Christmas - we go to our wonderful friends’ for the day.” “But we now have a beautiful granddaughter Darcie and as she gets older and starts to understand Christmas she might bring back some of the magic for us.”

The family, including Lee’s older brother Drew, have raised over £8000 in the years since his death. At his funeral, they asked for donations to The Children’s Hospital Charity, and held a huge fancy dress party for his 18th birthday in 2008, attracting more than 350 people.

Their next event will be a Hawaiian fancy dress party, on Friday December 12th at St Joseph’s Social Club, Prospect, Worksop. It starts at 7pm and costs £8, including food.

The money raised by the event will go to The Children’s Hospital Charity’s Make it Better appeal.

Greg Packard said: “We will never be able to thank the hospital enough for the extra week we had with Lee. He was a cheeky boy who had the tag of a loveable rouge. He was and is still loved an awful lot.”