LOCAL fundraisers have generated a whopping £8,786 to help a brave Wolfscastle youngster diagnosed with a rare and incurable lung disease.

Nine-year-old Belle Curran was diagnosed with Interstitial Lung Disease (ILD) at the age of two. This is a rare condition which means that her lungs are stiff, hard and scarred making breathing a huge effort.

Belle relies on a wheelchair to get about, is on permanent oxygen and has to take a daily combination of different drugs.

This summer her family received confirmation that she had been put on the waiting list for a lung transplant and are hopeful that a donor will be found.

Until then her local community are rallying round to raise money to make Belle's life as comfortable as possible both before, during and after her operation.

A recent coffee morning held at Wolfscastle Country Hotel with stalls, a raffle and an auction raised a fantastic £3070.

"We are yet again overwhelmed by all the kind generous people who donated to this," said Belle's mum Stella. "Thank you to all those who attended , donated and helped to run it on the day , also to Andy and Mandy for allowing it to be hosted in Wolfscastle County Hotel.

Belle and her family were also the recipients of a £5716 from Haverfordwest Ladies Circle who ran the Cardiff half marathon to raise funds for the youngster.

The runners and their children also presented Belle with a beautiful handmade patchwork blanket, each patch embroidered with a special message for Belle.

"We were bowled over by the amount which totalled a whopping £5716, more than we could have ever imagined," said Stella.

"As a family we'd like to thank every single person who gave so generously. We also again want to publicly thank all the ladies who ran those 13.1 miles and their families too who supported us so much over many months.

"From the bottom of our hearts, thank you."