Posted: November 12, 2014

CARE worker Kathleen Quinn was listening to the radio on her way into work when she heard a harrowing story about youngsters suffering from a genetic skin condition.

Kathleen then mentioned the story to two pupils at Kibble Education and Care Centre – DV, 15 and 16-year-old and JA – who immediately decided they wanted to raise money for the DEBRA charity who help children suffering from Epidermolysis Bullosa.

The pupils organised a fundraising Helping Hands Halloween Party at Kibble’s Paisley campus and now they have presented a cheque for £412.94p to DEBRA.

Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB) is a condition that causes children to have extremely fragile skin causing blisters and tears at the slightest touch.

There is no known cure and EB can be fatal for infants and even in its least severe form, can still cause lifelong disability and pain.

Kathleen, a child and youth care worker, at Kibble said: “As soon as DV and JA heard about the condition they wanted to do something to help the unfortunate victims of EB.

“When they started organising the fundraising event the support they got from other pupils and staff was phenomenal.

“The young people had great fun and achieved a sense of pride raising money for such a good cause.

“It was a privilege to have been involved with so many passionate, caring and committed staff and young people who came together to support the DEBRA charity.”

Jaye Hamilton, DEBRA’s regional fundraising manager in Scotland said: “It was amazing that all this happened after hearing about EB and DEBRA on the radio.

“It was great how DV and JA pulled it all together and they showed a lot of sympathy for the victims of this terrible condition.”

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