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Parents raise more than £3,000 in charity run
4:57pm Monday 21st September 2009 in News
A COUPLE from Altrincham completed the Great North Run on Sunday in aid of a charity that supported them when their baby son William underwent surgery to treat a life threatening liver disease.
Elizabeth and Dave Roseblade ran the 13.1 mile course in one hour and 58 minutes and two hours and two minutes respectively, and in the process raised more than £3,000 for the Children's Liver Disease Foundation.
“It was exhilarating - from start to finish - and in spite of an ankle injury I managed to struggle through,” said Dave.
“But CLDF provide such vital support to my family that it was an honour to support them in Newcastle.
“Thinking about everything William has fought through helped me get to the finish line and it was great to see members of the CLDF team waving me on, too,” he said.
William, who was diagnosed with a rare life threatening childhood liver disease called biliary atresia at just three weeks old, responded well to a corrective procedure called a Kasai but the family have had much support since then from the charity.
Catherine Arkley, chief executive of CLDF, said of the couple’s efforts: “Everyone at CLDF congratulates Elizabeth and Dave on their success. Their efforts and the generosity of their supporters will enable us to help thousands of families living with childhood liver disease across the UK, day in day out.”