Brewing up cash for Laila Milly appeal

Maureen and David James have created a beer that they will be selling in the Robin Hood Pub to raise money for the Laila Milly Foundation, the beer is called the Laila Milly wish beer.Steve McCormack and Maureen James
Maureen and David James have created a beer that they will be selling in the Robin Hood Pub to raise money for the Laila Milly Foundation, the beer is called the Laila Milly wish beer.Steve McCormack and Maureen James
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A BIG-HEARTED brewer has created a new beer to help raise cash for an Ackworth charity.

David James, who owns Pontefract’s Robin Hood pub, created the ale – named after the Express campaign Laila Milly’s Wish – to help the Laila Milly Foundation which hopes to open a specialist nursery for children with serious and complex illnesses.

The beer was created at Mr James’ microbrewery in North Yorkshire and will be launched at the Robin Hood on Wednesday October 19.

Mr James’ wife Maureen said: “We created the beer to help the Laila Milly Foundation because one of our regular punters raised a lot of money for the charity after he climbed Ben Nevis with friends earlier this year.

“We will be donating 10p from every pint of the beer we sell to the charity –- it’s a really great cause.”

The charity was founded by Steve and Maya McCormack after caring for their daughter Laila Milly who was born with the rare genetic disorder Aicardi Syndrome.

Little Laila died in March this year, a day before her first birthday, but the couple are continuing to raise money and open the nursery in Hemsworth.

Mr McCormack said: “The beer is such a unique idea. I really hope it can help us reach our £60,000 target for the nursery.

“I’m so grateful to everyone who’s helped us raise money for the nursery and some of the original and unusual ideas people have come up with are amazing.”