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Garlic challenge benefits children with liver disease

Regulars at the Douglas Arms in Bethesda have helped raise £300 for Children’s Liver Disease Foundation (CLDF) through the pub’s annual Garlic Challenge.

At the event, which is sponsored by Greenough Roofing and Northern Welsh Quarries, entrants are invited to submit their home-grown garlic which is judged according to appearance, flavour and texture. The winner then chooses which charity should benefit from all the entry fees and this year’s winner, Mark Gray, had a special reason for choosing Children’s Liver Disease Foundation.

Thirteen year old Morgan Hughes, a friend of Mark’s twin sons Jac and Cai has a rare liver disease and recently received a second liver transplant. Morgan’s family have received information and support from the Foundation ever since his diagnosis.

“We were delighted to see the funds going to such a worthy cause,” said landlord, Gwyn Edwards. “We all wish Morgan a full recovery and are grateful for the skill and care of the medical profession, and the donor, which made the operation possible.

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 be the beneficiaries of the Garlic Challenge this year and touched to know that Morgan inspired Mark to nominate us.”

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