THE family of a teenager who died after a motorcycle accident have been thanked for their fundraising efforts carried out in her memory.

Leah Davies, from Lowton, died after a motorcycle accident in summer. She was just 19.

Since then her parents, two sisters and other relatives have raised around £25,000 for The Walton Centre through their ‘Love Leah’ appeal.

Now their efforts have been praised by MP Andy Burnham who invited the family to join him during a visit to the centre, which helps diagnose and treat injuries and illnesses affecting the brain, spine, peripheral nerves and muscles.

“Leah was a lovely young person and her loss has left a huge hole in our community,” said Mr Burnham.

“The effect Leah had on people can be seen in the incredible response to the ‘Love Leah’ appeal. That, I know, is a comfort to her family and, because of it, Leah is still making a difference to other people’s lives.

“I wish to thank Leah’s family for turning their own tragedy into a positive drive to support The Walton Centre. It helps thousands of people recover from serious brain injury and is, quite simply, the best of the NHS.”

During the visit Leah’s twin sister Sarah presented a cheque for more than £1,600 raised by her former school, Golborne High School, after activities including a non-uniform day, cake sale, sponsored walk and wristband sales.

In turn, Andy Burnham presented a ‘thank you’ certificate on behalf of The Walton Centre.

Sarah said: “I would like to say a big thank you to Golborne High School, on behalf of my sister Rachel and all the family, for the fabulous amount of money they have raised and for their continuing support.”

Andy Burnham and Walton MP Steve Rotheram have both pledged to take part in a ‘Love Leah’ bike ride in March. More events are being planned by Leah’s family and all funds raised will go to The Walton Centre’s Home from Home Appeal.