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PHOTOS Cooking Demo with Rachel Allen held in aid of Leon’s Lifeline was a huge success!

Rachel Allen Leons Lifeline event was a great success. Rachel Allen pictured above embracing Leon’s mother Valerie upon the finale of the event. Picture: Kate Devaney/ilovelimerick
PHOTOS Cooking Demo with Rachel Allen held in aid of Leon’s Lifeline was a huge success!
The event held last Wednesday in aid of Leon, a 22-year-old Limerick man in need of medical treatment in Russia, was met with great success as The Strand Hotel filled up with people eager to see Rachel and help the cause. 
The night started off with a wine reception where audience members could place bids on some amazing prizes in the silent auction. Local chef and food ambassador Tom Flavin then kicked off the proceedings with a cooking demo of some of his much-loved dishes. 
Following Tom, the main event, Rachel took center stage and did not fail to entertain with a cooking demonstration of some delicious autumn dishes, especially chosen for Leon, accompanied with jokes and laughter. 

Two lucky ladies won themselves a seat at Rachel’s dinner table and got to eat the dishes as they were made.

Leon was diagnosed with MS when he was just 18 and needs to raise €70,00 to receive vital stem-cell treatment, his only hope to return to his life before it was ravaged by the effects of MS. 
Leon said, “Stem-cell therapy isn’t a guarantee but it’s the best chance I have. It’s my only lifeline.”

Acclaimed Limerick photographer Tarmo Tulit was on-site shooting portraits with all proceeds going to Leon’s cause to help to save the health of this vibrant young Limerick man. Leon himself is an animation student at the Limerick School of Art and Design and he lives for his art.

He wants more than anything to finish his degree and work in this industry, however, the vision in one of his eyes has greatly diminished which is potentially devastating as Leon is an artist. 

He also suffers from loss of feeling in his legs which now makes walking very difficult. He has extreme fatigue so he is exhausted all the time. He is losing sensation in his left hand, which makes it difficult to hold things. 

Valerie O’Connor, Leon’s mother, and full-time carer said, “I’d like to thank the people of Limerick for everything they’ve done so far. We really urge and ask everybody to keep up the support, please. We’ve had an amazing start but we need to get to our target so he can avail of the treatment which will hopefully give him life back. It really is Leon’s Lifeline.”

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Picture: Kate Devaney/ilovelimerick

Picture: Anthony Sheehan/ilovelimerick

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