Snowdon at Midnight Fundraiser
I will be fundraising for the Donna Louise Trust, and they have very kindly given me permission to also raise funds for the the Children's Liver Disease Foundation. I have to raise a minimum amount of £175 per charity - so £350 in total
**However, I would love to smash this target for these amazing charities**
About me: for those of you who know me well, know that this is totally out of my comfort zone!
I am a busy mum of two beautiful children, married to the amazing Rob, work full-time as an Optometrist, don't exercise, don't have time to go walking, I'm afraid of the dark, afraid of heights, and afraid of my own shadow - you get the picture - this is going to be quite a challenge!
I feel blessed to have the family and friends I have in my life, and I'm passionate about helping others.
About the charities:
The Donna Louise Children’s Hospice cares for children, who, due to illness or accident, have life limiting conditions.
They give physical, practical and emotional support to both the child and their family. Respite care is provided at the hospice, as well as in the family’s own home.
They also offer ongoing bereavement counselling and support for the whole family. Serving the whole of Staffordshire and Cheshire.
Their mission is to provide a high quality palliative care service to children, young people and their families.
It costs £3 million each year to provide this service and the Trust does not receive any statutory funding. www.donnaLouisetrust.org.
My fundraising for the Children's Liver Disease Foundation is because of a rare liver condition called Biliary Atresia (BA) and has been inspired by a Stoke on Trent family, the McCue's, who would not only like to give back, but also raise awareness of BA:
In September 2016 their beautiful baby boy was diagnosed with the rare liver condition BA, and at 12 weeks old Connor under went a Kasai operation - due to late diagnosis his chances were slim of it working - it didn't and he needed a liver transplant. On 3rd January 2017 he underwent his first liver transplant, at Birmingham Children's Hospital. It appeared to work initially, but devastatingly the liver rejected and within 8 days baby Connor underwent his second liver transplant. He has a long road to recovery ahead of him but he's a little fighter and making good progress....(follow their story at https://www.facebook.com/connormccuebillarymatresia/).
Upon their return to Stoke on Trent The Donna Louise Trust will also give the McCue family support in many ways.
As you can see, both charities are closely related.
* * * UPDATE - sadly at the end of March Connor MCCue lost his battle - he was a true superhero and went through far more in his short life than anyone should have to go through - the Donna Louise Trust gave Jess & Paul - Connor's Parents - invaluable treasured time with him at the end - they simply are an amazing family & The Donna Louise Hospice a truly amazing place * * *
Gofundme make a charge of 7.68% + 24p per donation - I personally will make up any fees they deduct so that the exact amount raised goes to the charities :)
Thank you for reading xx