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Life of Inverness tot Leo Flett to be celebrated at gathering

By Gregor White

Leo Flett was "one of a kind".
Leo Flett was "one of a kind".

People attending a service to celebrate the life of Leo Flett are being invited to wear special T-shirts in his memory.

Leo, who had a rare form of congenital muscular dystrophy, passed away unexpectedly last month at his home in Balloch, aged four.

A celebration of his life will be held on Friday at the Kingsmills Hotel in Inverness, starting at noon.

His parents Mitchell and Louise have said their son will never be forgotten and are asking people attending the service to wear special Leo’s Pride T-shirts or a splash of orange in their outfit.

Inverness company Creative Sign and Print is donating £5 from every T-shirt to Leo’s Pride, the fundraising campaign launched by the couple in a bid to help their son and Muscular Dystrophy UK.

People attending the service, which will be followed by a burial at Petty Cemetery, Tornagrain, are also invited to give donations to the Highland Children’s Unit at Raigmore Hospital and the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh.

His parents said: “Leo was one of a kind who melted hearts wherever he went.

“There will be a lot of empty hearts without him here.

“He will never be forgotten.”

They described him as the funniest brother of Charlie and Tobi and also an adored grandson, great grandson, nephew and cousin.

A series of sponsored skydives by 27 volunteers is going ahead as planned during August and September to raise money for Leo’s Pride.

They take place at Glenrothes and each participant has a fundraising target of at least £400.

Leo was diagnosed in 2017 with muscular dystrophy type 1C which affects fewer than 500 people in Britain.

It resulted in him needing to be fed through a tube and prevented him from learning to walk. He was also admitted to hospital on numerous occasions.

Despite the challenges, he was a fun-loving boy who attended Duncan Forbes Nursery and enjoyed being around people.

He was a joint winner of the brave child category in last year’s Highland Heroes awards run by SPP Media Group, publishers of the Inverness Courier.

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