Tackling a Leeds run in memory of footballer’s tragic son

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Family and friends of footballer Billy Sharp are tackling this year’s Leeds 10K run in memory of his tragic baby son Luey.

A 10-strong team will be taking part in the event to raise funds for the Luey Jacob Sharp Foundation, set up by Billy and his partner, Jade Fair, following the death of their son aged just two days old in 2011.

Luey had gastroschisis, a birth defect which sees a baby’s intestines growing outside their body wall for the whole of their mother’s pregnancy.

It can normally be corrected by surgery but in Luey’s case there were added complications which meant doctors were unable to operate.

Sheffield-born striker Billy, currently on loan at Doncaster Rovers from Southampton, scored in his first game after losing Luey and famously lifted up his shirt to reveal a T-shirt message saying “That’s for you son”.

Jade, who is hoping to run the Leeds 10K herself, said: “After what we had been through we wanted to do something to support other families affected and help with research and that’s what the foundation does.

“We have a lot going on this year and it’s great to be involved with the Leeds 10K as one of our fundraising events.”

Taking place on July 20, the Asda Foundation Leeds 10K is organised by Jane Tomlinson’s Run For All group.

Since its launch in 2007, the Leeds 10K has generated more than £2m for charity and this year will attract up to 10,000 runners. For details on how to enter, visit the www.runforall.com website.

l Mum-of-three Jane, from Rothwell, Leeds, raised millions for good causes by running marathons and conquering other endurance challenges before her death from cancer in 2007.

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