Angela smashes fundraising target to fight childhood liver disease

Angela Stewart from Westerwood is no stranger to running. She has completed several marathons over the years, benefitting numerous charities. She is particularly pleased though with her performance at the Alloa Half Marathon (June 3). Not only did she complete the course in an impressive one hour 55 minutes despite the heat and humidity, but she has raised over £1,000 for a cause very close to her heart, Children’s Liver Disease Foundation (CLDF).

“Our 14 year old son, Marco, has liver disease,” explains Angela. “He has had two acute attacks which absolutely floored him, and we are currently awaiting the results of tests to determine if the cause is genetic.

“Because of our experience, we are in regular touch with the liver nurses and consultants at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, where he receives excellent care, and we have also learned about the fantastic work which Children’s Liver Disease Foundation do in supporting young people like Marco around the UK.

“I wanted to support their work this year by doing the Alloa Half and on such a hot day it was pretty tough going. At mile eight I suffered a terrible stich in my side but giving up was never an option. Thinking of Marco, the charity who need the funds and the support of my family drove me to the finish line! I had hoped to raise a few hundred, so I am delighted that my total has now topped £1,000. I really want to thank everyone who contributed to this fund and especially my friend Susie Addison who supports me in all my runs.”

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Alison Taylor, Chief Executive of Children’s Liver Disease Foundation commented: “CLDF is the only UK charity dedicated to fighting all childhood liver diseases, by providing information and emotional support, funds for research and a voice for all those affected. In order to do this however, we rely almost entirely on voluntary donations, so we are delighted and very grateful that Angela chose to do this for us. Her funds will enable us to continue making a real difference to families affected by liver disease in their child.”

You can still support Angela’s fundraising by going to https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/angela-stewart6.

For more information on CLDF visit childliverdisease.org.