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SUPER SIBLINGS; Beau, 11, has spina bifida. His wee sister Jos, 9, suffers from arthritis. Life has been tough, but do they moan? Not a bit - they just get on with raising money for the foundation that help them and kids like them. That's because this fantastic duo are.. CHARITY STARS BRAVE PAIR CAN'T WAIT TO HELP OUT AT FUN DAY CHARITY STARS BRAVE PAIR CAN'T WAIT TO HELP OUT AT FUN DAY.

Byline: MARIA C ARIACROCE maria.croce@trinitymirror.com

THEY'VE spent much of their young lives in and out of hospital - but that doesn't stop brave siblings Beau and Jos Rendall from raising funds for other sick kids.

Beau, 11, was born with spina bifida and received life-saving Surgery at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh.

His nine-year-old sister Jos regularly visits the same hospital for treatment for her arthritis.

Today, they will be helping to raise funds for the Sick Kids Friends Foundation at a fun day at the city's Gyle Shopping Centre.

Their mother Tracy, 47, said: "They like fundraising and they're very aware of what it's for and how it helps.

"I think they're incredibly brave "- but they take it as the norm.

"It's very challenging for them.

But it's good to give back and help others and they enjoy it."

Beau was the first child in s" Scotland to undergo complexsurgery using sat-nav inspired equipment in 2010.

Known as the "brain surgeon's magic pen", this state-of-the-art piece of kit was funded by the SKFF.

Jos spends one day every six weeks in the children's hospital's planned investigation unit, receiving anti-inflammatory infusions to help her arthritis.

The pair live in the capital's Craigentinny with their mum and dad Stuart, 49, and two other siblings, Meg, 13, and Fin, 12.

Tracy, who runs a kitchen company with her husband, doesn't dwell on why two of her children have health problems.

She said: "There is no medical reason why it should have happened. It's just the way it is.

"We don't have any alternatives, we have to cope. We don't know any other way, we get on with it.

"Between life-saving equipment and distractions for the kids, the vast provision of amenities that the SKFF fund are so important for families like ours. The time we spend at the Sick Kids would be so much harder without them.

"Beau would have died without the equipment used in his surgery, so we're so grateful to the foundation to have such advanced surgical equipment available at our local hospital."

The charity invested PS68,000 in the magic pen, which allows surgeons to easily remove brain and spinal tumours in children.

Before the installation of this equipment, Beau had to endure six operations.

Tracy added: "Smaller things such as arts equipment also make - a huge difference to hospital life - Jos now looks forward to her treatment visits because she has so many lovely arts and crafts to play with throughout the day."

The foundation spend PS30,000 " a year to bring the Artists in Residence therapy programme, which includes illustration, writing, sculpture, dance, digital imaging and photography, to the hospital.

Tracy, who has been fundraising "for the charity for 10 years, said: "The SKFF fun days are always a great day out. Beau and Jos are always competing to see who can fill their collection bucket first.

"I'd encourage anyone looking for a family day out to come along and help a great cause that's really changed my family's lives."

Head of voluntary fundraising " Rachel McKenzie said: "We're very excited to welcome Beau, Jos, Tracy and the rest of the Rendall family along to another fantastic Sick Kids fundraising day.

"Last year's event raised PS1000. ihope we can get lots of shoppers involved in the fun to help us build on that success."

. The fun day, which will include " face painting, balloon modelling, Mother's Day card making and a visit from PJ Bear, takes place from 10am to 4pm today at the Gyle Shopping Centre.

WEE HEROES Jos shakes a bucket for the charity. Below, Beau after an as a baby MASCOT Beau joins the charity's PJ Bear at a previous fundraiser NOTHING CAN STOP THEM Jos and Beau do what they can to help other sick children. Picture: Callum Moffat

Beau and Jos are always competing to see who can fill their collection bucket firstMUM TRACY

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BRIGHT ATT A ITUDE Beau keeps smiling as he awaits a hip operation

SIX-WEEKLY R LY ROUTINE Jos receiving treatment at children's hospital

WEE Jos shakes a bucket for the charity. Below, Beau after an op as a baby

MAS Beau joins the charity's PJ Bear at a previous fundraiser

NOTHING THEJos and Beau do what they can to help other sick children. Picture: Callum Moffat
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