A mother of two from Cheltenham is planning a sky dive to raise funds for Children’s Liver Disease Foundation (CLDF) to celebrate losing an incredible 11 stone.
Paula Lea has been a supporter of CLDF ever since her daughter, Katie, who is now 18, was diagnosed with Alagille syndrome, a rare and incurable condition which can affect the heart, lungs and bones as well as the liver. Katie and her family have received information and support from CLDF who have also put her in touch with other young people affected by liver disease.
“CLDF is a charity which means a lot to us as a family and I have done various fundraising events over the years – in fact Katie even did a sky dive for her 16th birthday,” says Paula. “But losing all this weight has given me a new energy and I decided that now was the time to take on another challenge. I am nervous about it, particularly as I am scared of heights, but I am determined to see it through!
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 to hear about Paula’s skydive. It’s a big challenge, given her fear of heights but we hope she enjoys the experience!”
Paula will be doing her sky dive on July 1 in Swindon. You can support her by going to http://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/paula-lea3
For more information on CLDF visit childliverdisease.org.