Saints stars back charity launch

St Helens Star: Melissa with Mark Flanagan, Sia Soliola and Willie Manu Melissa with Mark Flanagan, Sia Soliola and Willie Manu

SAINTS trio Mark Flanagan, Sia Soliola and Willie Manu welcomed Melissa Adams to Langtree Park as she launched the charity set up in her name.

The 10-year-old from Eccleston suffers from Angelman Syndrome – a rare genetic condition which affects one in 20,000 people and has left her with a number of disabilities.

The Melissa Adams Angelman Foundation was founded by family and friends to help raise awareness of the condition and encourage new research projects in the UK and worldwide.

Mum Kathryn, who is the charity’s director and chairwoman, explained the significance of the visit to Saints: “Angelman Syndrome affects her 15th chromosome and I knew Mark Flanagan wears number 15. Also Mark is now our charity’s ambassador.”

In May Kathryn will take part in a skydive to raise funds.

You can sponsor her via the BTmydonate link researchangelman.org.uk.

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