Firefighters turn up charity heat

South Elmsall firemen  have  raised  �1,000 for Laila Milly Fund .Maya & Steve McCormack with South Elmsall Blue Watch members Chris Ridge, Mark Studd, David Bird, Neil Hawkins & Gary Clayton
South Elmsall firemen have raised �1,000 for Laila Milly Fund .Maya & Steve McCormack with South Elmsall Blue Watch members Chris Ridge, Mark Studd, David Bird, Neil Hawkins & Gary Clayton
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Firefighters in South Elmsall have raised £1,000 for a charity which plans to open a day nursery for seriously ill children.

Steve and Maya McCormack set up the Laila Milly Foundation to open a specialist nursery for children with serious and complex illnesses in Kirkby Road, Hemsworth.

Their daughter Laila Milly, who died a day before her first birthday last March, suffered from the rare genetic condition Aicardi syndrome, and they were inspired to provide a service they thought was lacking in the area.

Staff from the Barnsley Road fire station, who know Mr McCormack, a firefighter based at Castleford Fire Station, held an open day to raise the cash last September, with tombolas, stalls, and fun activities. The couple collected the donation on Sunday.

So far the couple have raised more than £73,000 for the charity, smashing their original £60,000 target in November.

Mrs McCormack, 30, of Hayfield Way, Ackworth, said: “We’ve been overwhelmed by how supportive local firefighters have been, we really wouldn’t have got to where we are today without the support of local groups like these.

“We’re now about half way there to finishing the nursery, we’ve got a brand new kitchen and bathroom, and recently held a painting day where the decorating was blitzed. Our next big project is getting a lift installed, which could cost around £14,000.”

Green Watch manager Anthony Thorp said: “We like to support a local charity when we hold open days, and Steve’s fund really struck a chord. We were happy to help.”