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BRAVE heart VIDEO: Late Late Show viewers raise €300k for brave Claudia and Debra Ireland


Brave teenager Claudia Scanlon, who appeared on The Late Late Show last Friday, has thanked generous viewers after donations topped €300,000.

She appeared on the talk show with rugby star Johnny Sexton to talk about living with skin disease EB (epidermolysis bullosa).

In a touching video from her Dublin home, she said: “Hi everyone! I just wanted to come on and say a big, big thank you for all the support after The Late Late Show.

“I honestly don’t know what we would have done without you all. It’s hard times for everyone during this pandemic and I know that it’s very hard for everyone to give to charity.”

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Claudia Scanlon after the VHI Women’s Mini Marathon last year with mum Liz Collins and supporters of EB charity Debra Ireland. Photo: Eoin Fegan

Claudia Scanlon after the VHI Women’s Mini Marathon last year with mum Liz Collins and supporters of EB charity Debra Ireland. Photo: Eoin Fegan

Claudia Scanlon after the VHI Women’s Mini Marathon last year with mum Liz Collins and supporters of EB charity Debra Ireland. Photo: Eoin Fegan

Claudia has a severe form of the butterfly skin disease EB, a genetic disease that causes the skin, both inside and out, to blister at the slightest touch.

With 80pc of her body covered in open wounds, she has to go through daily bandaging sessions which can last up to three hours.

The 17-year-old told host Ryan Tubridy during last Friday night’s interview that her hands are deteriorating due to the skin fusing but Claudia says she hopes to be a make-up artist after her Leaving Cert.

In today’s video thanking supporters, she said: “I just wanted to say a huge thank you for donating and supporting Debra Ireland because this means so much to me, it means so much to Debra, and most importantly it means so much to the EB community.

“Without fundraising, there is no research. No research, no cure. So, this is all going towards hopefully one day finding a cure for people living with EB.

“I want to say a huge thank you and I love you all,” Claudia added.

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Claudia Scanlon with Ryan Tubridy on a show last year

Claudia Scanlon with Ryan Tubridy on a show last year

Claudia Scanlon with Ryan Tubridy on a show last year

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Claudia’s mum Liz, who also appeared on the show, said that the love and support shown towards her daughter was “uplifting.”

It was so uplifting to see you all get behind her and our EB families. I cannot fix my daughter’s skin but through the work and advocacy of Debra Ireland, you are helping to create a proper roadway to services and eventually a cure to stop this cruel condition in its tracks,” she said.

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