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People urged to remember brave four-year-old Leo Flett who died a year ago


By Ian Duncan

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Leo Flett won the love and admiration of scores of people in his short life.
Leo Flett won the love and admiration of scores of people in his short life.

AN Inverness mother is hoping people across the region will light a candle for her son on the first anniversary of his death.

Louise Flett, who is a convenor at Balloch Hall, has organised Light Up For Leo to take place at 8pm next Friday.

She said she hoped people would use the moment to remember him and share their photos via the Leo’s Pride charity’s social media pages on Facebook and Instagram.

“We would very much welcome anyone to share any memories they have of Leo on this day to also help us get through the day,” she said. “We’re doing this to give everyone a chance to sit and remember Leo if they’d like to, as we are aware he was loved by many.”

Mrs Flett (33), from Balloch, lost Leo, who had a rare form of muscular dystrophy, when he was just four years old.

Mitchell and Louise Flett with their son Tobi.
Picture: Gary Anthony
Mitchell and Louise Flett with their son Tobi. Picture: Gary Anthony

“There are no words that I could say that would do Leo justice,” she said. “He was an incredible four-year-old boy.

“He was brave, funny, gorgeous, cheeky and a very proud big brother. There wasn’t much he didn’t enjoy but if he was disliking something, you’d know about it.

“He was just amazing. Our lives haven’t been the same since he passed, and we know that they never will be again, his death was sudden and a complete shock to us all.

“He is missed by everyone who knew him. We are extremely proud and honoured that we got to be his parents, we couldn’t be prouder of him and we will love him and speak of him forever.”

Unfortunately, the pandemic has restricted the charity’s activities. Mrs Flett explained: “There were lots of people setting out to take on big challenges for us this year which was really touching.

“Some included Leo’s physiotherapy team and Kevin Campbell from Tribe Fitness who had supported us since the beginning of Leo’s Pride. These challenges will be done, hopefully next year, all being safe and well.

“We still have some of our skydivers to do their jumps which we are hoping will go ahead in September. We usually have our big Party With The Pride every year but unfortunately we have taken the difficult decision to postpone until next year.

“We are devastated about this as this one was for Leo as it would’ve been the first since his passing.

Tribute was paid to Leo Flett at last year's Highland Heroes awards.
Tribute was paid to Leo Flett at last year's Highland Heroes awards.

“We are always extremely grateful to everyone who supports Leo’s Pride as now, more than ever, it really means a lot to us. We’ve carried on Leo’s Pride to make Leo proud and to help others living with congenital muscular dystrophy Type 1C.

“Our aim still remains that one day a treatment or cure will be found.”

Related article: Splash of colour as Inverness fundraisers Go Bright for the fight against muscular dystrophy

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