Sun shines for Hemel Hempstead leukaemia victim Lee as friends walk in his memory

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More than 30 people took part in a walk to raise funds for a memorial bench in honour of a ‘kind and funny’ man whose life was cut short by leukaemia.

Former Astley Cooper School pupil Lee Wymer lost his battle with the disease in August, just two months after it was diagnosed. He was 22.

He had just completed his first year as a visual communications student at the Arts University College in Bournemouth.

During his illness, Lee, of Grovehill, helped raise more than £2,000 for the leukaemia unit which treated him at University College London Hospital.

Lee’s sister Becky, who described him as a very charming and giving person with an infectious laugh, helped organise the 11-mile walk from Hemel Hempstead to Berkhamsted and back, which took place on Sunday.

She said: “It was a lovely day and the sun was shining for us. We completed the walk within four hours.

“We were all able to reminisce about the good times we spent with Lee. We enjoyed telling each other stories of how Lee would be able to cheer us up and always make us laugh.”

The group, who all wore specially-printed T-shirts featuring a picture of Lee during the walk, raised almost £2,000 towards the memorial bench. Any remaining money will help fund a headstone at Woodwells Cemetery where Lee is buried.

Becky added: “I would like to thank everyone who got involved and who sponsored us.

“Lee would be so proud of his family and friends completing this walk together.”