Earlier this year, Sheffield boxer Lee Noble, sadly lost his brave fight against leukaemia. But now his family want to follow his wish to give something back.

Lee, who was just 33 at the time of his passing back in March 2021, enjoyed a successful boxing career which saw him take on the likes of Billy Joe Saunders, Martin Murray and John Ryder.

But in 2014 Lee was diagnosed with leukaemia, and 5 years later in 2019, he was given a terminal brain cancer diagnosis.

In his life, as in his career, Lee was a fighter and throughout his 7 year battle he underwent numerous painful bone biopsies at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital in Sheffield. However, these often left him in immense discomfort, in his own words, ‘screaming down the hospital corridors’.

Throughout his treatment, Lee had also undergone a number of trials for less painful bone drills in London and one of his last wishes was to be able to help others in his position by giving them access to such a drill right here in his South Yorkshire home.

Sheffield Hospitals Charity is proud to be supporting Lee’s wish and the charity are currently working with Lee’s family, as well as the Northern General Hospital to raise £6,000 - which will fund two years of the drills and help change the treatment of over 100 patients requiring biopsies.

Linda Noble, mother of Lee, said: “No parent ever expects to lose a child, it is the most agonising and heart-breaking experience to go through.

“But throughout his life Lee was just incredible and he took on his battle against leukaemia and cancer with such amazing spirit - not least his desire to give something back and try to help anybody else who was in his situation.

“Having seen the pain that Lee was in during his treatment I know what a difference the purchase of these bone drills will make to so many other patients. Knowing that Lee is responsible for that gives me so much comfort and makes me so proud.”

Lee’s family are raising funds on Virgin Money.

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During his boxing career, Lee made a lasting impression on a number of his colleagues, none more so than Sky Sports boxing pundit, former cruiser-weight world champion and Sheffield Hospitals Charity ambassador, Johnny Nelson.

Johnny said: "In the ring Lee was known for his determination and his grit, but hearing about the way that he battled against his illness shows that was true of him outside the ring just as much, his was a true fighter.

“And now the biggest testament I can pay him is that he is still a fighter – fighting to improve the treatment of other people in situations like his and make life just that little bit easier.

“As a charity, I am proud that we are able to play a part in supporting such an important cause and are working closely with Lee’s family to turn it into a reality. Please help to honour Lee’s legacy.”