THE family of a former Dodworth boxer who died earlier this year are trying to raise £6,000 to fund equipment for less painful procedures - one of his final wishes.

Having been diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia in 2014, Lee Noble was given the all-clear the following year but he confirmed in 2019 that the illness had spread to his brain and was terminal.

His family are now trying to raise thousands to fund two years’ worth of a bone marrow biopsy drill - a piece of equipment that Lee used which was much less painful than a normal bone biopsy at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital - which would often leave him ‘screaming down the corridor’.

His sister, 31-year-old Natalie Noble of Wombwell, told the Chronicle: “Lee was on a trial in London where they had these specific drills and it only takes 45 minutes for you to recover after.

“It would usually take a whole day to recover from a normal biopsy and because they don’t have them here we thought it would be a good idea to raise some money because it’ll benefit the people of Barnsley too.

“We’re doing this for Lee’s legacy as he didn’t want others to suffer like he did.”

A total of £6,000 will be needed to fund the drills for two years - and Natalie is hopeful that they’ll be able to hit their target as soon as possible.

“We’re obviously hoping to reach the target quickly,” she added.

“We’re also trying to get other boxers involved with it and Johnny Nelson shared it on social media too - we really hope it’s a success.

“To date we have not been able to honour Lee’s legacy and this is why we ask you as a family to get behind this appeal to allow our champion from inside and outside the ring to win his final fight to help others.”

To donate to the fundraiser, visit