The First Milltown Company of the Boys’ Brigade have raised £1300 for Children’s Liver Disease Foundation at their annual enrolment service, having been inspired by the baby brother of one of their members. Two year-old Thomas Bell from Portadown, whose brother, Joshua, is a member of the Brigade’s junior section, was born with the rare liver disease, biliary atresia and received a life-saving transplant at Birmingham Children’s Hospital in October 2017.
“We are delighted that Thomas is now doing really well” said Raye Greenaway, Lieutenant in charge of the Milltown junior section. “However, we know that Children’s Liver Disease Foundation were there for his family when they were going through a very difficult time and continue to be there for the many other families in this situation.
“We always choose a charity to benefit from our enrolment service and as we were celebrating the 50th anniversary of the junior section this year it seemed very fitting this year to support a charity that means so much to one of our families.”
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 to receive this donation from Milltown Boys Brigade. We are delighted to hear that Thomas is doing so well and very grateful to everyone concerned boys brigade for celebrating the fact in such a wonderful way.”
For more information on CLDF visit childliverdisease.org.