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Lachie Love needs your help!

$131,737 donated
Given by 1554 generous donors in over a year

Lachie has an extremely rare and aggressive brain tumour. Help us to do everything we can for him in the precious time that we have left.


Lachie is 8. He has a sparkle in his eyes & an overflowing personality. He is “big” in every sense of the word – full of energy, love & life.

On December 29, Lachie was diagnosed with a brain tumour that was later confirmed as DIPG. This is about the worst news any parent could hear: DIPG is an extremely rare, aggressive & lethal tumour, with an average life expectancy of less than a year.


Lachie is the son of Liesje & Andy Love & Harry’s big brother. He is a grandson to Emma & Bruce Donkin, grandson to Carole & Michael Love, nephew to Nikki Donkin, James & Erin Donkin, Grant & Philippa Love & John & Josie Love, a cousin, great grandson & friend to many. It is incomprehensible to think of our world without his big smile & big hugs.

The immediate future will be grueling. The financial toll will be huge, as Liesje & Andy are self-employed & can't rely on sick leave or employer support. We hope that this page will mitigate some of the financial stress & allow Lachie to explore all available treatment options, including any clinical trials. At the very least, we want Lachie to tick off some bucket list items while he still can.

We know that people want to help, but there is very little that can be done in a practical sense. If you do want to contribute via this page, then it would be a little something positive for Lachie & his family in the most horrendous of circumstances. Your support is hugely appreciated.

Nikki Donkin's involvement (page creator)

Liesje is my sister, Lachie is my nephew

Use of funds

Any donations will be used to alleviate the financial pressure on Liesje and Andy while they care for Lachie, to pursue all available treatment options, and to give Lachie the best experiences possible while he can still enjoy them.

We have another Givealittle page running for Lachie's bucket-list separately here https://givealittle.co.nz/cause/a-marathon-for-lachie-loves-bucket-list

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Update!  31 May 2024

Hey everyone, long time no update! Lachie is doing quite well given the circumstances. His latest MRI showed the tumour is stable which is amazing, we're so grateful for all this extra time we're getting with him. The oncologist told Liesje & Andy to book another holiday and make as many memories as they can, so they're looking at getting to Melbourne at the end of June to take Lach to the Harry Potter Hidden Forrest exhibition, among other things.

Liesje's good friend Nikki is running a marathon in November, and Auntie E is running one in September, to try and help raise funds for his Melbourne trip, which is amazing, you can follow their updates over at Nikki's page - https://givealittle.co.nz/cause/a-marathon-for-lachie-loves-bucket-list - go ladies!!

As always, thanks again for all your love and support, it's such a dark path to be walking but having you all behind us really does help!


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I pray for your recovery and good health Lachie 🤍❤️
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This campaign started on 6 Jan 2023 and ends on 11 Dec 2024.