Trekkers hit heights as peak climb raises £4k

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MORE than £4,000 has been raised for a five-mon­thold South­port boy who needs a liver trans­plant.

The sum was raised in spon­sor­ship when his parents, Jonathan and Danielle Roscoe – with lit­tle Otis – and around 30 sup­port­ers trekked up Snow­don, in North Wales, on Satur­day.

Jonathan, a 33-year-old fire­fighter with Greater Manch­ester Fire Ser­vice, based at Wi­gan, said: “Snow­don was amaz­ing!

“We are ex­hausted but so proud and blessed by our amaz­ing friends and fam­ily.

“In the end, about 30 peo­ple joined us on the day.

“Sadly, the heat got too much for Otis and he didn’t quite reach the top.

“The weather fore­cast said 16°C, feels like 12°C, but on the day there was no wind, eas­ily 20°C and it was a very busy route over rough ter­rain.

“Otis got to about 300m short of the sum­mit be­fore the heat took its toll on him and Danielle and I de­cided not to risk it for Otis’s health.”

Jonathan, and Danielle, 33, who works as an HR busi­ness part­ner for Wi­gan Coun­cil, re­ceived the dev­as­tat­ing news about Otis when he was just five weeks old.

He has a rare, lifethreat­en­ing liver dis­ease called bil­iary atre­sia.

Jonathan said: “Otis had ma­jor surgery to im­prove his liver func­tion when he was just a few weeks old but un­for­tu­nately this was not suc­cess­ful and we now know he will need a liver trans­plant.

“The past six months have been a roller­coaster of emo­tions for us and this is where Chil­dren’s Liver Dis­ease Foun­da­tion have been in­valu­able. Sadly, there is still no cure for chil­dren’s liver dis­ease and we have a long jour­ney ahead of us. Through­out every­thing he has been through, Otis re­mains a su­per happy, cheery lit­tle war­rior.”

Fam­ily, friends and col- leagues were so touched by Otis’s story and were de­ter­mined to help.

The Roscoes set a £2,500 tar­get but were de­lighted to far ex­ceed that, and are now urg­ing peo­ple to help them take their fund even higher.

Jonathan said: “We are sad that Otis couldn’t quite reach the sum­mit.

“How­ever, I am mas­sively proud of ev­ery­one who went who made it to the top, for Otis and the Chil­dren’s Liver Dis­ease Foun­da­tion.

“We are mas­sively proud of them. They did bril­liantly and the funds they have raised will make a dif­fer­ence to Otis and chil­dren like him through­out the UK.”

You can sup­port the Roscoe fam­ily trek by go­ing to www.justgiv­ing. com/fundrais­ing/otis-for­cldf

The trekkers who made it to the top of Wales’ high­est moun­tain, Snow­don, on Sun­day, in aid of the Chil­dren’s Liver Dis­ease Foun­da­tion, left; and lit­tle Otis, right, who in­spired them to set out on their fundrais­ing mis­sion

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