Family raise £2,800 for charity close to their heart

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A grateful family raised more than £2800 for a charity which has provided them with support ever since their son was born.

PJ Cockburn, now 12, was six weeks premature and his devastated parents, Jill and Paul, were told he had a rare liver condition.

He received a life-saving transplant when he was only a year old.

The family has always been grateful to the support from the Children’s Liver Disease Foundation (CLDF) and they recently held a fundraiser in the Linlithgow Rose social club where PJ’s sister’s Hannah and Aimee play.

The comittee provided the venue for free and donated a signed ball as a raffle prize. Other businesses in the town were also generous providing food and raffle prizes.

Jill said: “CLDF has always been there for us – there is always someone at the end of the phone.

“They also run great weekends where children get to meet others who have some kind of liver condition and families get together too. That means a lot to us because liver disease in children is rare so it’s improtant that PJ realies he’s not alone.”

Over 150 people turned out to support the Linlithgow Primary pupil’s family.

Jill added: “There are too many people to thank individually but I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who supported us.

“We were overwhelmed by people’s generosity and I’m definitely planning another one for next year.”

Alison Taylor, the foundation’s chief executive, said: “CLDF is the only charity dedicated to fighting all childhood liver diseases.

“We do this by providing information to healthcare professionals, emotional support to families, funds for vital research and a voice for all affected.

“To do this we rely entirely on voluntary donations so we were delighted and so grateful to hear what Jill has raised with the help of her family and friends. This is a wonderful example of community fundraising and the money raised will make a real difference to families throughout the UK who are affected by liver disease in their child.”