Abbie’s fund hits £8K target

Laura and David Venner with their daughter Abbie.
Laura and David Venner with their daughter Abbie.

Proud parents Laura and David Venner are celebrating hitting their £8,000 target to buy an airway clearance vest for their daughter.

Little Abbie Grace Venner, who suffers from cystic fibrosis, will hopefully now be at a much lower risk of lung infection.

The 15-month old, described as “amazing and inspirational” by her mum, has suffered from the condition since her birth.

She has undergone countless trips to the hospital in order to prevent her lungs and internal organs being blocked by mucus - a constant worry for people who suffer from this condition.

Her story touched the hearts of many readers, who in return offered to help the family raise the funds, mainly through the use of collection boxes, direct donations and fundraisers.

Simon Daymond, owner of Squarepeg Coach Hire in Leeds, made a donation of £1,000.

A fundraiser was also held at the Tempest Constitutional Club in Drighlington and consisted of various activities such a tombola, a raffle, music and games.

Both Abbie’s parents said that they were “overwhelmed” with the amount of support that they had received from the public.

Dad David said:“We want to say a massive thank you to everyone who has helped us.”

The family have also decided to continue fundraising and donate the funds to the charity The Cystic Fibrosis Trust and the Respiratory and Cystic Fibrosis ward at Leeds Children Hospital. If you would like to donate to The Cystic Fibrosis Trust, please visit