Yate colleagues on the run for charity after boy’s liver transplants

November 03 2015

A TEENAGE boy’s need for several liver transplants has inspired a Yate-based company to raise money for the charity that helped the youngster’s family.

A TEENAGE boy’s need for several liver transplants has inspired a Yate-based company to raise money for the charity that helped the youngster’s family.
Charles Tobey needed a transplant at birth but his body started to reject the organ last year when he was 14.
His father, Chris, became a live donor and part of his own liver was used to help his son when the surgery was carried out earlier this year.
Initially it did not work so a further transplant took place two months later. That has proved a success and Charles is now back at school.
As a result of the family’s experience, colleagues of Chris at software firm Sword Apak decided to raise funds for the Children’s Liver Disease Foundation (CDLF), which has given much support to the Tobey family.
The foundation also funds research into childhood liver disease and so far the business has raised nearly £2,000 for the charity.
As part of the Sword Apak efforts, a four-man team from Sword Apak team - Tony Allen, James Powell, Jeremy Tiley and Mike Reece - ran the Bristol Half Marathon, which then persuaded one of the company’s suppliers to enter the Glasgow Half Marathon .
Mr Allen, the firm’s chief executive, said: “The very personal nature of our latest fund raising activities really brings home the valuable work that organisations such as CLDF do for people in what are inevitably very testing circumstances.”