‘Please help charity so vital to my children’

Lisa and Ian McOwat, from Billinge, with their children Bethan and Oliver, five and one, who both have cystic fibrosis
Lisa and Ian McOwat, from Billinge, with their children Bethan and Oliver, five and one, who both have cystic fibrosis
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A MOTHER of two children who suffer from cystic fibrosis is hoping a fun sing-a-long charity event will help to raise awareness of the condition.

Lisa McOwat, of Billinge, will discuss how the illness affects her five-year-old daughter, Bethan, and her son, Oliver, one, at Funbox Jo’s singing and signing class at Hope Children’s Centre, in Kelvin Grove, Marus Bridge, tomorrow from 10am until noon.

Freddy the mascot will entertain youngsters. Entry is £3 with money going to Cystic Fibrosis (CF) Trust and Derian House.

Both Lisa, 39, and her husband, Ian, 44, only found out they were carriers after their daughter, Bethan, was born.

She was one of the first babies in Wigan to be diagnosed with the condition using the neonatal heel prick.

Lisa said: “They don’t absorb fat and so have to have a high calorie diet. If not, they get diarrhoea and stomach cramps. We were devastated at first, especially as life expectancy is early adulthood,

“But they are both doing really well. We dread a chest infection or nasty bug. Both are on medication and we have to do a physiotherapy technique to shift the mucus on their lungs every day. It is vital to help CF Trust raise funds as it does research and can help find revolutionary drugs.”