10th & 11th MAY 2014

The Luey Jacob Sharp Foundation has teamed up with Billy Sharp’s former junior football club Middlewood Rovers will host an under 18’s & under 11’s football tournament to raise funds for vital medical research for Gastroschisis.

The tournament will take place over 2 days. Saturday 10th May under 18’s & Sunday 11th May under 11’s KO 10am. There will be a presentation on each day for the winners with special guests presenting the trophies.

Spectators welcome, there will be raffle prizes; sports memorabilia auction items, bouncy castle, food & refreshments available. It’s free to come along, just a small fee of £2 for parking which includes a match day programme.

All proceeds will go to The Luey Jacob Sharp Foundation to raise awareness of Gastroschisis, to provide fund vital medical research and offer support for families affected by Gastroschisis.

There are sponsorship opportunities including shirt sponsors available. For more information call Jade on 07753 496 337 or email Jade@ljsfoundation.org.uk. For more information about LJS Foundation visit www.ljsfoundation.org.uk or @Foundationljs

Middlewood Rovers FC, Waverley Lane, Handsworth, Sheffield, S13 9AE

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We are proud to be a part of Jane Tomlinson’s first legacy run, now in its eight year. The course suitable for seasoned athletes trying to break pb’s or first-timers.

The course which is set in  the heart of Leeds city centre, has a new route which is flatter and faster. The run attracted over 10,000 participants in 2013 and is set to attract more this year.

What’s Included

  • Chip timing
  • Finisher’s goody bag
  • Quality tech T-shirt
  • Exclusive medal
  • Memories of a brilliant day!

Your Race Pack

Race packs will start to be posted to your registered address from 4 weeks prior to the event.

Your race pack will include your race number, electronic timing strip and baggage label. Important event day information will be sent to you by email and will also be available online. If you’re not receiving our emails, please check your junk folder just in case.

Key Timings

07:30 – Race office, baggage store and assembly areas open to participants

08:50 – Mass warm up on Millennium Square

09:30 – Race starts


  • Race Office – The race office will be located on Millennium Square and will be open from 7.30am.
  • Baggage – The baggage store will also be located on Millennium Square and open at 7am.
  • Toilets – Toilets can be found at Millennium Square (portable and fixed facilities), on route to the start on Merrion Street and a limited number at the turning point on Kirkstall Road.
  • Water Stations – Bottled water has been kindly provided by the Asda Foundation at 3.5 and 6.5km and at the finish. Competitors are advised to ensure that they consider the effects of dehydration and drink plenty of fluids to compensate.
  • Support & Entertainment – A variety of performers and charity cheerleaders will be on hand to keep you motivated around the course.
  • First Aid – Should you find you require medical assistance, personnel will be on hand to help at regular intervals on the course with fixed first aid stations located near to the water stations. In addition there will be a first aid unit and recovery area located near to the finish.
  • Massage – Post-event massage will be available in Millennium Square.
  • Food and Drink – There are a number of bars and cafés on Millennium Square as well as in the city centre that will be sure to welcome spectators and participants, and are often bursting with atmosphere after the event.

To view the course map head over to the Run For All website http://www.runforall.com/10k/leeds/route/

To get involved on social media;


LJS Foundation – @FoundationLJS

Run For All – @Runforall

Jane Tomlinson Appeal – @Janesappeal

Manchester City defender Micah Richards pledges money to LJS Foundation


Manchester City defender Micah Richards has picked LJS Foundation as one of four charities he will be donating to this Christmas after being overwhelmed by the support he has received following an injury setback.

The Manchester City full-back will give £4,000 to the Luey Jacob Sharp Foundation and £7,000 each to Millie’s Trust and Ruby-Leigh Jackson, a five-year-old girl with cerebral palsy who needs an operation to help her walk.
Richards is yet to decide on the fourth charity, who will also receive a £7,000 boost.

We want to say a massive thank you to Micah for his generosity, and congratulations to all the other charities.

LJS Foundation and Sparks partnership to fight Gastroschisis. We have partnered with Sparks to set up the Gastroschisis Research Fund.


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…

Charity Update

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