Grateful family launch fundraising appeal for children’s hospital

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THE great-gran of two young sisters with a lung disease is holding a fundraising night for a hospital that cares for them.

Kiara Barrie (6) and her three-year-old sister, Jessica-Paige, were born with cystic fibrosis.

It’s a life-shortening inherited disease, affecting almost 10,000 people in the UK.

Cystic fibrosis affects the internal organs, especially the lungs and pancreas, by clogging them with thick, sticky mucus that makes it difficult to breathe and digest food.

Kiara and Jessica-Paige have to take daily medication and undergo physiotherapy. They also attend the Cystic Fibrosis Unit at Yorkhill Children’s Hospital every six weeks for check-ups.

To say thanks for the care the girls receive, their great-gran Margaret Smith has once again organised a fundraiser for the hospital.

The fundraising night is being held in Kirkintilloch Miners Club on Thursday, April 18, from 7pm. There will be live music, a raffle and auction.

Margaret (75) said: “The hospital does a wonderful job of looking after the girls and many other children with the same condition.

“I’m looking for a good turnout at the event.”

For tickets, priced £5, or to donate a raffle or auction prize, contact Margaret on 0141 578 7864.

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