Ex-Forest star Billy's £50,000 for tragic Luey
A CHARITY set up by Nottingham Forest footballer Billy Sharp and his girlfriend in memory of their son has raised more than £50,000 in its first year.
The Luey Jacob Sharp Foundation was formed in January last year to make a difference to families affected by gastroschisis, a condition causing babies to be born with organs outside their body, which is usually picked up by week 14 of the pregnancy.
Billy's son died aged just two days old.
As well as raising money for research, the charity is also hoping to raise awareness and is campaigning for better care of pregnant mothers carrying babies with gastroschisis.
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Billy and partner Jade Fair have been working since the foundation launched and are delighted with the response to their first year of charity work.
Jade, now chief executive of the foundation, said: "Billy and I are incredibly passionate about the charity and we are thrilled with the total since we established the charity.
"We have been overwhelmed with the support we have received since Luey passed away and would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has donated to the charity."
She added: "All the donations that the charity receives go directly into funding research into gastroschisis, which will hopefully make a difference to babies and families affected by the condition in the future.
"We are planning a number of exciting events in 2013 and we hope that this year will be another successful year for the charity."
For more information about the Leeds-based Luey Jacob Sharp Foundation or gastroschisis, visit www.ljsfoundation.org.uk.