Charity ball in honour of Wakefield tot with incurable liver disease

Emma and Phil McDonald with their sons Louie (centre) and Freddie.
Emma and Phil McDonald with their sons Louie (centre) and Freddie.
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THE family of a two-year-old boy who suffers from an incurable rare liver disease are appealing to the public and businesses to support a charity ball being staged in his honour.

Freddie McDonald of Ossett, who was born with Alagilles syndrome, has undergone three major operations and will need lifelong care and possible a liver transplant.

His parents Emma and Phil McDonald launched a fundraising drive after Freddie was diagnosed in March 2013.

They have so far raised more than £37,000 has for the Children’s Liver Disease Foundation.

Now they are seeking sponsors and prize donations for Freddie’s Ball to be held at The Space in Wakefield on Saturday July 4.

Freddie’s mother Emma McDonald, 35, who is manager at Mint Nail and Beauty Bar at the White Rose shopping centre in Leeds, said: “Freddie’s life has been spent in and out of hospital enduring regular tests and three major operations. He takes daily medication, will need lifelong treatment and at worst a liver transplant.”

Mrs McDonald added: “We are dedicated to raising awareness of this condition and money for the Children’s Liver Disease Foundation, who fund research into childhood liver disease, and support all the other families who get thrown into this dark, scary and unpredictable world.”

To find out more about how to support Freddie’s Ball, e mail or call Emma McDonald on 07813 323780. To donate, visit

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