Members of Binfield Tennis Association have raised £1800 for Children’s Liver Disease Foundation (CLDF) after learning how the charity has supported one of their own players.
Club member, John Pascoe, and his wife Claire have received information and support from CLDF ever since their baby daughter, Isabella, who is now 14, was diagnosed with the rare and incurable disease, biliary atresia.
“It was a huge shock to us as new parents to be given news which would change our lives forever,” says John. “Isabella had three life-saving operations in her first year, eventually leading to liver transplantation. Children’s Liver Disease Foundation were there with information and support when we needed them most and they continue to support Isabella through her teenage years.
“It was great to have someone apart from clinicians to talk to, and to know that we are not alone. CLDF have also helped connect us to other families whose children have liver disease and this has made a real difference.
“Like all small charities, CLDF’s fundraising was severely affected by the pandemic so this year, the time seemed right to see if we at Binfield could support them with a charity tennis day. The idea was really well received by members and local businesses and I’m delighted to have been able to give something back to a charity which means so much to me and my family.”
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. We rely on voluntary donations, so this year more than ever, we hugely appreciate the donation from Binfield Tennis Association.”
You can still support Binfield Tennis Association’s charity day by going to John Pascoe is fundraising for Children’s Liver Disease Foundation (justgiving.com)