We are delighted to announce we have partnered with Sparks to set up the Gastroschisis Research Fund.
The LJS Foundation was set up by footballer Billy Sharp and his partner Jade Fair in January 2012 after their son, Luey Jacob, died as a result of the condition, aged just two days old.
Gastroschisis is a birth defect where a baby’s intestines grow outside the body wall for the whole of the pregnancy. At birth they are seen outside of the body, protruding through a hole next to the umbilical cord. The condition affects 1 in 3,000 babies in the UK
Babies born with this condition are treated with surgery to replace the exposed intestine back into the abdomen. While the surgery has a high success rate and most survive (more than 90%), some babies die as a result of the condition.
Billy Sharp said: “I’m very proud Sparks have agreed to partner with the Luey Jacob Sharp Foundation. Research into gastroschisis is something very close to my heart. The pain of losing your child is almost unbearable. The partnership will allow us both to reach out to medical researchers who want to improve outcomes for gastroschisis, with the aim of ensuring no family has to endure what Jade and I have.”
The cause of the condition is not well understood. The Gastroschisis Research Fund will enable specialists to conduct research into treatments, causes and prevention of the condition. It will also aim to improve the outcome for those children affected.
Jade Fair said: “We want to take this opportunity to thank Sparks for partnering with the Luey Jacob Sharp Foundation. It is a great pleasure for us, as we will collaborate to fund vital research into gastroschisis.”
To find out more about Sparks, please visit www.sparks.org.uk
A keen runner, a gentleman by the name of Andrew Hardiman, has completed a number of sporting events on our behalf. These include Chicago Marathon, Salisbury Half Marathon, London Triathlon, Paris Marathon & most recently The Great South Run in Portsmouth.
Andrew ran The Great South Run on what was for us a particularly poignant day, Luey’s 2nd birthday. He ran the course of 10miles in an impressive time of 1 hour 08 minutes.
We would like to say a massive thank you & Well done to Andrew. His commitment and hard work for The Luey Jacob Sharp Foundation is a truly heart warming gesture.
We are overwhelmed by the amount of fundraisers we have who continue to participate in various events raising funds for us, to allow us to fund medical research for Gastroschisis.
If you are interested in fundraising for us, please get in touch by emailing Jade@ljsfoundation.org.uk
Thank you for taking the time to view our website.
We wanted to update you all on what has been going on with the Foundation. Our website has been a little quiet recently, as back in December 2012 we welcomed another baby boy, Leo, into the world. I (Jade) haven’t been able to spend as much time on the charity as I would have liked to. However I am now back to work full time. You will all see a lot more activity on our website, including news of all our events, fundraisers and future plans with the Foundation.
Watch this space…
With the anniversary of Luey’s passing coming up Billy and our family wanted to do something special to remember him by. So they have all decided to run The Great South Run. Billy will be running along side his dad Steve, Jade’s Brother Gary, Rebecca Butterfield (the wife of Saints FC player Danny Butterfield) as well as a big team from Sky program Socceram! Continue reading
The event, which is taking place at the Keepmoat Stadium on Wednesday 14 November, will see a number of special guests attending including former England and Southampton striker Matt Le Tisser and will be hosted by Seth Bennett from BBC Radio Sheffield. Continue reading
Here are a few famous faces supporting our charity. We would like to thank each and every one of you for your continuing support and helping us raise awareness of Gastroschisis! Continue reading
Clothing designers DEAD LEGACY are supporting The Luey Jacob Sharp Foundation, by designing charity tee’s for men and women. All proceeds made from the sales will go directly to us. Continue reading
Our LJS Foundation silicone charity wristband’s are now available to buy for £3 incl. p&p, either using Paypal or Ebay. Continue reading
We are pleased to announce our new LJS Foundation Charity T-shirts by Dead Legacy. Dead Legacy are supporting us by donating all the profits made from this t-shirt. Click on the link below to purchase yours now. Thank you. Jade & Billy x Continue reading
10:30am – 12.30pm, Brunswick School, Woodhouse, Sheffield. Raising funds for the Luey Jacob Sharp Foundation. To reserve your place call katie Adams on 07731 599 465. Continue reading