FAMILY and friends of a little girl whose kidneys could fail at any moment have stepped into action for her.

A 30-stong team took part in a three-armed fun race around the pubs and clubs of Crosland Moor and Lockwood to support Millie Earnshaw, who has a rare condition.

They were enlisted by Steve Earnshaw and Becky Baker, 23, whose four-year-old daughter has nephrotic syndrome.

Doctors have been unable to treat the Cowlersley girl’s potentially fatal disease.

Large holes in her kidneys mean she suffers from agonising bloating.

But determined not to give up, her mum and dad have thrown themselves into organising fundraisers for the Nephrotic Syndrome Trust, which funds research into the disease.

They organised Sunday’s fundraiser to coincide with the first anniversary of the day Millie first became ill.

The fancy dress event, which saw teams joined at the arms, started at Crosland Moor Working Men’s Club.

They took part in games organised by each venue before ending their race at the Foresters Arms, for an evening of karaoke and fundraising fun.

David Thomas, Millie’s godfather, said: “It took most of the day by the time we got round each pub, did the challenges and had a quick drink.

“We had to be tied at the arms instead of the legs because the council said that would be too dangerous – but we had a lot of fun.

“A lot of people have rallied round to help Millie and the charity.

“It’s important that people know about this condition, which is painful and uncomfortable.

“Millie has her good days and bad days. She’s worse at the moment because she’s caught a cold and hates to miss school.

But she’s lovely and makes the best out of a bad situation.

“It means a lot to her family and friends to be able to support a charity that helps people like Millie and we will keep helping out in any way we can.”

The Examiner told earlier this month how little Millie and her parents are determined to raise money to help find a cure for her rare disease.

The four-year-old’s parents have been told her kidneys will fail within five years.

But Becky Baker and Steve Earnshaw have refused to admit defeat and are raising awareness and money for research into the disease. And they hope it will help children like Millie for years to come.

The couple first noticed something was wrong with their daughter, who attends Cowlersley Primary School, just a year ago after she woke up with a swollen face.

She was rushed to Huddersfield Royal Infirmary where she was diagnosed with nephrotic syndrome, a condition which effects one in every 5,000 people.

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