LEEDS LASS and star of the small screen Gabby Logan is returning to her roots to campaign for more awareness for a genetic condition.
The television presenter is launching a balloon race at Fulneck Independent School to mark the beginning of a year-long fundraising drive for Mitochondrial Disease.
She was inspired by the plight of a close relative, one-year-old Betsy Kay, who has the condition, symptoms which include failure to thrive, muscle weakness and a rare heart condition called Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy.
Betsy’s grandmother Lyn Kay, who is a nursery nurse at Fulneck School and Gabby’s aunt, got in touch after the school named Mitochondrial Disease Awareness its charity for the year.
Gabby agreed to visit the school to start a balloon race on Fulneck’s fields on April 20.
Principal Deborah Newman said: “We are delighted that Gabby has agreed to perform the honours for us and help give our charity balloon race a much needed ‘lift’.
“Lyn has been a valuable member of the Fulneck nursery team for the last 15 years.
“When we found out her granddaughter, Betsy, had been diagnosed with Mitochondrial Disease, the whole school decided it wanted to help raise money and awareness of it.
“Back in February the charity committee sold single red carnations for people to send to each other to raise money and Fulneck Parents’ Association’s annual ball in June is donating its proceeds to the charity.
“Having Gabby launch the balloon race will, I hope, put this condition well and truly in the public arena.”
For more information Betsy’s condition and Mitochondria Disease visit www.justgiving.com/betsysfund.