Trekkers hit heights as peak climb raises £4k
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