Praise for fundraising in aid of Leeds heart transplant teen Connor

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The family of heart transplant teenager Connor Laws has sent out a grateful ‘thank you’ message after a hugely-successful fundraising day in east Leeds.

Hundreds of people attended the event at East Leeds ARLFC in Richmond Hill, which was organised to raise funds for 14-year-old Connor.

As previously reported by the Yorkshire Evening Post, the Corpus Christi Catholic College student and rugby league fan is currently in Newcastle’s Freeman Hospital after undergoing a heart transplant earlier this month.

It is not yet known exactly how much was raised by the event but the final total is expected to run into thousands of pounds.

The money will be used to help send Connor on a dream trip to see top rugby league teams in action in Australia once he makes a full recovery from his operation.

Connor’s dad, Jevan, told the YEP: “The day was absolutely amazing, we couldn’t have asked for anything more.

“It was quite difficult for Connor, knowing all this was going on while he was up there in hospital, but we sent him plenty of videos and pictures so he could see what was happening for him.”

Jevan said he wanted to thank everyone who attended the fundraiser and all those who helped with its organisation, particularly James and Janice Crawford and Leanne Milburn.

Connor, from Osmondthorpe, was diagnosed with a serious heart defect after being taken into Leeds General Infirmary with what was thought to be nothing more than stomach pains and sickness.

Tests carried out after his admission to LGI showed he had a condition called dilated cardiomyopathy.