SUPPORTERS of former Sheffield United and Doncaster Rovers striker Billy Sharp have raised more than £50,000 in memory of his son Luey who died from a birth defect.
Billy and his partner Jade Fair sadly lost their newborn son to the condition gastroschisis when he was just two days old.
The condition affects a baby’s bowel meaning the intestines grow on the outside of the baby’s stomach.
Following the tragedy death, his parents set up the Luey Jacob Sharp Foundation , which has raised £53,000 in its first year.
The charity is raising money to fund research into gastroschisis and campaigning for better care of pregnant mothers carrying babies with the condition.
Jade said: “Billy and I are incredibly passionate about the charity and we are thrilled with the total. 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.
“All the donations 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.”
The charity has several events planned for 2013.
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