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Forest football raises £50,000 in memory of his son

Billy Sharp Credit: PA

A charity set up by Nottingham Forest footballer Billy Sharp, in memory of his son who died aged just two days old has raised more than £50,000 in its first year.

The Luey Jacob Sharp Foundation was formed in January last year to make a difference to families affected by gastroschisis, a condition causing babies to be born with organs outside their body, which is usually picked up by week 14 of the pregnancy.

As well as raising money to fund research into the condition, the charity is also hoping to raise awareness and is campaigning for better care of pregnant mothers carrying babies with gastroschisis.

Sharp and his partner Jade Fair have been working tirelessly since the foundation launched in 2012 following Luey's death from the condition and are delighted to have raised £53,000 within the first year.