Stockport gym raises £20,000 for boy’s cancer battle

Leo Bermejo
Members of S&P took on a charity challenge at the weekend for Leo Bermejo

Members of a Stockport gym have raised almost £20,000 to help a four-year-old’s boy’s cancer fight.

Leo Bermejo is battling sPNET – a rare brain cancer – and needed £150,000 for proton beam therapy.

Leo, who is from Spain but has been living with relatives in Stockport, is now in the USA for the treatment it is hoped will save his life.

Members of Strength & Performance at Meadow Mill in Portwood took on an eight-hour lifting marathon at the weekend, completing 200,000 reps – 50,000 more than their original target.

Around 100 members, friends and supporters took part on the day.

Leo Bermejo
Leo Bermejo at S&P

They raised around £7,300 on the day taking the gym’s total to £19,163 that will go towards Leo’s on-going care and treatment.

Gym owner Sean, who is also Leo’s uncle, said: “We want to say a massive thank you to everyone who organised, donated and took part in Saturday’s challenge for Leo.

“The team smashed it and even did an extra 50,000 reps, making it a staggering 200,000 reps in eight hours.”

Leo, nicknamed Leo the Lion, was just two-and-a-half when he was diagnosed with a brain tumour and has since undergone several life-saving operations and cycles of chemotherapy.

He lives in Almeria, Spain, with his parents Karen and Jorge, and sister Sofia, but has been living with Sean in Cheadle Hulme while he has treatment in the UK.

Karen, 35, said: “Leo cannot walk, has hardly any movement in his right side and has lost his speech but he is the happiest and most determined little boy ever.”

Leo, who is also paralysed down one side, has just had his fourth operation at Liverpool’s Alder Hey Children’s Hospital and flew to America on Tuesday.