Plea to help charity’s good work continue

By Martin Neville

Sunday, March 30, 2014


Plea to help charity’s good work continue

Colman and Emma Cotter at the launch of Layla’s Trust two years ago.

TO COINCIDE with the anniversary of the launch of Layla’s Trust children’s charity, people on the Isle of Wight are being asked to join in with Layla’s Day next month.

Layla’s Trust was set up two years ago in memory of Layla Mae Cotter, who died in February 2011, aged just 70 days.

She was born with Gaucher Disease Type 2, a rare genetic condition, and spent most of her short life at St Mary’s Hospital.

The trust is helping several Island families in need of financial support, with things like food, travel and accommodation for those who find themselves having to travel to the mainland while their child receives treatment.

Now the charity is hoping as many Island schools, organisations and groups as possible will get involved with a variety of fundraising activities on Monday, April 28 — Layla’s Day — to raise funds to ensure that support can continue.

Emma Cotter, Layla’s mother and trust chairman, said: "We desperately need money to keep our services going.

"At present, we are paying out an average of £10,000 a year in financial aid supporting Island families.

"We hope Layla’s Day will help us keep that vital support going and to develop future projects."

She added: "It’s entirely up to you as to how you decide to fundraise.

"Fundraising ideas could include a mufti day, a sponsored car wash or silence, a coffee morning or cake sale, a sports activity, such as a swim, walk or run, or even a raffle or auction.

"The more unusual or original the idea, the better."

For information, visit the Layla’s Trust website at or donate to


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