Linda’s efforts reap rewards

PIC LISA FERGUSON 03/08/2010' Linda Simpson with certificate she received for  raising ?2000 for childrens liver charity

PIC LISA FERGUSON 03/08/2010' Linda Simpson with certificate she received for raising ?2000 for childrens liver charity

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A SUPERGRAN has raised more than £5000 for the charity which has helped her sick grand-daughter.

Linda Simpson has received an award for her efforts on behalf of the Children’s Liver Disease Foundation (CLDF).

The charity is a special one for Linda (55) as her 14-month-old grand-daughter Alesha was disagnosed with the rare liver condition bilary atresia at just a few weeks old.

Linda, of Polmont, said: “CLDF has been a tremendous source of support to our family and I’m keen to try and give something back.”

In July, Linda became the first fundraiser to receive the CLDF’s Bronze K Challenge award, for raising £2000 in five months. She has now won a silver award as her efforts have topped £5000.

Linda, head teacher at Springfield Primary School in Linlithgow, attributes her success to the support she receives from the local community.

She said: “Just as an example, we held a disco just before Christmas and, despite appalling snowy and icy conditions, people made a huge effort to get there and we raised £1200 in just one night.

She has now begun knitting CLDF scarves which she will be selling to raise funds for the Foundation and has a special event planned at her school for Big Yellow Friday, CLDF’s annual fundraising day.

Linda added: “It’s lovely to receive awards but my real motivation is to raise as much money as I can. Thankfully my grand-daughter is well at the moment but she and many others like her need the ongoing support of CLDF and I’m particularly keen to help to fund vital research into the causes of liver disease in children.”

Catherine Arkley, chief executive of CLDF. said: “We rely on fundraising for the vast majority of our income and it’s wonderful to have the support of someone like Linda who is not only full of ideas but clearly has the backing of her local community.”