Former Sheffield United star gets generous charity donation

Billy Sharp dedicates his Doncaster goal to son, Luey.
Billy Sharp dedicates his Doncaster goal to son, Luey.
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A charity set up by a Sheffield footballer in memory of his son is a step closer to reaching its target thanks to a generous donation.

Former Sheffield United and Doncaster Rovers striker Billy Sharp and his partner, Jade Fair, set up the LJS Foundation following the death of their son.

Luey Jacob was born with the birth defect gastroschisis, where a baby’s intestines grow on the outside of the body, and died two days later in 2011.

The LJS Foundation has received a donation of about £5,000 from The Liz and Terry Bramall Charitable Trust, which was set up in 2007 and has supported a range of charities in Yorkshire.

Billy, who grew up in Sheffield and now plays for Leeds United, said: “This donation is a massive leap towards our £60,000 target.

“The fund will then support one of the applications, which are currently being reviewed, in their research project. Research into gastroschisis is something very close to my heart. The pain of losing your child is almost unbearable.

“Our aim is to ensure no family has to endure what Jade and I have. With the continued help and support from so many, we’re confident we’ll be able to do just that.”

The foundation got off to a successful start and recently partnered with Sparks, the children’s medical research charity, to establish the Gastroschisis Research Fund.

Researchers have applied for grants to research gastroschisis, which will now go to a peer review board where they will be marked based on certain criteria.

The highest scoring applicants will lead the research when the LJS Foundation reaches its £60,000 target.

n To donate online www.justgiving.com/LJSFoundation/Donate