Ros Howell from Wrea Green decided to turn a milestone birthday into a fantastic fundraiser for a cause very close to her heart. When friends and family gathered to celebrate her 60th birthday last month, Ros asked for donations to Children’s Liver Disease Foundation instead of gifts. The result was over £2000 for a cause which means a lot to Ros and her family.
“Our eldest daughter, Catherine, was born 35 years ago with the rare liver disease, biliary atresia, and due to the lack of liver transplants for children at that time, she died when she was just four months old,” explains Ros.
“Thanks to amazing advances in treatment since then, survival rates for children with liver disease have dramatically improved but it is still a lifelong condition. My birthday seemed a wonderful opportunity to remember Catherine and to do something for the many other families who are still affected by childhood liver disease.”
Ros chose a casino themed evening for her birthday and 50 family and friends joined her for the party at Ribby Hall,
“We had great fun, the evening flew by and I’m delighted to have raised so much” says Ros. “I had hoped that we might raise £1,000 so to have doubled my target is brilliant!”
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 that Ros decided to mark her birthday in this way. It’s a wonderful way to remember her daughter and is a fantastic fundraising total for just one evening.”
You can still donate to Ros’ birthday fundraiser by going to: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/ros-howell4
For more information on CLDF visit childliverdisease.org.