A CROWDFUNDING target to help Skipton youngster Luke Mortimer and his family has been raised to £100,000.

The community has shown overwhelming support for the seven-year-old Water Street School pupil after he was struck down with bacterial meningitis before Christmas and had to have part of all four limbs amputated.

In just a couple of weeks a JustGiving fundraising page set up by John Firth, a member of Skipton Ruby Football Club of which Luke and his family are fellow members, has raised around £90,000 towards his future care and to help him adapt when he leaves hospital.

In addition, the club is organising a charity rugby match on February 29 and received a message from international referee Nigel Owens that he hopes to be available that day to offer his servies free of charge.

Elsewhere, around the district people and organisations have been raising money.

Facebook page ThisisLuke has thanked a number of them including Water Street School which raised over £3,000 with a football dribble marathon and bake sale last Thursday.

The school’s Facebook page said the Mortimer family had asked them to help raise money towards a new family room at Sheffield Children’s Hospital where Luke is being treated and where Luke’s parents, Adam and Christine, are at his bedside.

Money from numerous other sources have flooded in to the appeal, including a £500 boost which was raised by well wisher Allan Robinson in lieu of presents for his 50th birthday celebration.

Children and parents of Christ Church School held a sweet treat stall after school and raised £430.

In addition, The Railway Inn, in Cononley, is holding a karaoke night on Saturday, January 25, and will donate £5 to the appeal each time someone sings at the mic.

The similarly named The Railway pub, in Cavendish Street, Skipton, also held a special pub quiz on Tuesday night.

Broughton Road Community Centre is holding a bake sale on Saturday between 12.30pm and 2pm. Anyone wishing to donate cakes and buns can drop them off from 12pm.

Georgina Brewster Photography is holding family photograph sessions on February 1 at Skipton Rugby Club with a minimum £50 donation to the appeal for five digital images.

Meanwhile support has been shared from around the country.

See the ThisisLuke Facebook page for fundraising updates.

Donations can also be made directly to the JustGiving page at: https://bit.ly/2NaTFRI