Laura raises thousands for charity

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A YOUNG southside woman who suffers from a crippling stomach condition has been working hard to raise money for charity.

Laura Ormiston (20) has suffered from Gastroparesis since she was 14 years old.

The condition means that Laura’s muscles in her stomach, which normally move food down to the small intestine, are paralysed so any food she eats either moves very slowly or not at all.

Two years ago, Laura had an operation to fit a gastric pacemaker which sends electrical impulses to make the stomach muscles contract.

Now Laura does not need to use a feeding tube — upon which she had to rely for more than a year.

Last month the Eaglesham lass, who is now part of GastroParesis UK, held a fund raiser for the charity on her 20th birthday at the Eglinton Arms hotel in Eaglesham.

A frog race night was held with a disco, raffle and auction and raised more than £5,000 for the charity.

Laura was ecstatic with the support shown by local businesses who donated items and turned out on the night.

Laura said: “The night was held on my 20th birthday and it was made so special to me as the last few birthdays I was either in hospital or really ill, so it was nice to have a big party — as well as raise loads of money for the charity.

“The night was a great success and we raised over £5,000 from the fundraiser.

“Everyone had an enjoyable night.”

Laura expressed her gratitude to those local businesses who came along to show their support: “We have been so touched by everyone’s kindness and generosity.”

Laura added: “Also, I would like to thank all my family and friends for all their continued support over the last few years.”

A family friend, Lesley Forsyth, followed up the fundraising night by walking the West Highland Way the following day and donated all her sponsorship cash to the charity.

For more information on the work of the charity, visit www.gastroparesisuk.org.