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Toys, toys, toys - kind donation for hospital ward which cares for little Freddie McDonald

Emma McDonald presents to for Childrens Ward, Leeds General Infirmary. Pictured back from the left are Emma McDonald holding Freddie McDonald,Chloe Haigh, Phil McDonald. front ,Louie McDonald and Linsey McDonald....SH1001/160b..2nd March 2014 Picture by Simon Hulme

Emma McDonald presents to for Childrens Ward, Leeds General Infirmary. Pictured back from the left are Emma McDonald holding Freddie McDonald,Chloe Haigh, Phil McDonald. front ,Louie McDonald and Linsey McDonald....SH1001/160b..2nd March 2014 Picture by Simon Hulme

Poorly children were all smiles when a kind Ossett couple delivered toys to the hospital ward which cares for their 18-month-old son.

Emma and Phil McDonald’s youngest child Freddie was six months old when he was diagnosed with a chronic liver disease called Alagille Syndrome.

His family and friends have since raised thousands of pounds to help children with the condition and treated youngsters at Leeds General Infirmary’s liver unit, where Freddie is a regular patient.

Mr McDonald’s sister Lynsey McDonald, 37, and cousin Chloe Haigh, 27, raised £1600 to pay for the toys.

Emma, 34, said: “Seeing the children’s faces light up was amazing.

“We’ve had to accept we can’t do anything to cure Freddie’s condition so we feel our fundraising is a way of giving something back.

“Since he was diagnosed, we’ve met lots of families on the unit and the doctors and nurses are fantastic.

“It’s possible Freddie might need to have a liver transplant at some point in the future which means he would be spending a lot more time on the ward.

“The toys were a way of saying thank you for everything they do for Freddie and the other incredible children who face a daily battle against a childhood illness.”

Freddie, who has a brother Louie, three, has to be fed through a tube in his stomach to help him grow. His condition affects just 1 in 100,000 people.

“Despite everything Freddie goes through he is the happiest, cheekiest little boy and is always smiling,” Emma explained.

“Everything we do is because of him and we’ll carry on raising awareness of his condition.”

The couple have so far raised £13,800, which they will donate to the Children’s Liver Disease Foundation, a UK charity.

Their next event is on May 17, when 30 of Freddie’s family and friends will take on the three peaks challenge.

To donate, log onto www.justgiving.com/freddiejack

 

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