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Christmas fair crafts raise cash to fight liver disease

A grandad from Doncaster has put his talents to good use, raising £350 at his local Christmas Fair for a charity close to his heart, Children’s Liver Disease Foundation (CLDF).

When Mick Appleby retired from being a primary school teacher, he enjoyed getting crafty and developing a flair for ‘shabby chic’. His handiwork had proved popular at the Rossington Miners’ Christmas fair for the past couple of years but this year, he decided the stall should be a fundraiser for CLDF as his one year old grandson, Billy, has been diagnosed with the rare disease biliary atresia.

“Billy is doing really well at the moment, and we’re hoping his hospital check-ups will be reduced next year but biliary atresia is a lifelong condition,” explains Billy’s mum, Becky. “CLDF have already been on hand with information on his condition and support for us and we want to know that they will be there for Billy as he grows up and for other families in our situation. So when mum and dad suggested that they run their Christmas stall for CLDF I thought it was a great idea and was delighted with what they raised.”

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 on voluntary donations, so we are delighted to hear about the success of Becky’s family’s Christmas stall. What a wonderful way to put your talents to good use. We wish them all a very happy Christmas.”

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