Brooke’s Dream going strong

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CARNOUSTIE girl Brooke Ramsay has a busy weekend of fund-raising ahead in her quest to walk unaided, writes Johnston Ralston.

Brooke (7) suffers from cerebral palsy which has severely limited her ability to walk naturally.

To start off, tonight (Friday) the Ramsay family will be attending the annual evening of charitable presentations by the Carnoustie Gala committee at the Royal British Legion Scotland hall in Dundee Street.

Her father Stewart said: “We have been told that we are to be presented with a cheque, but no one has told us for how much!”

On Saturday, intrepid Arbroath girls Cheris Whammond and Caroline Cargill will join Brooke’s mother, Laura, and Tracy Boyd in tackling a sponsored 16-mile walk between Arbroath and Carnoustie and back again. Some cyclists with young children will also be attempting this route at the same time.

On Sunday the family will attend the formal cheque presentation by the Tayside Classic Car Club which earlier this year donated a cheque for £400 to Brooke’s Dream.

Stewart added: “Following the article about Dundee F.C. donating a ball, we were contacted by John Beattie who stays in Carnoustie.

“He has given us a Rangers FC training ball and a Dundee United FC match ball from the game versus Hearts last season. Both balls are signed.

“Laura and I are delighted with the way the fund-raising is going. We are amazed at all the donations and offers of help that we are getting.

“We are not entirely certain how much we have raised. The events only really started a few weeks ago and people are continuing to collect from their sponsors.

“We are however well on track to raise what we need for Brooke’s after care, bearing in mind the events that we have planned for the remainder of the year. We still await a decision from NHS on whether or not they will fund the operation. We understand that this will take some time and whilst we appreciate that these decisions take time, it is a little frustrating because we are not certain of how much we have to raise yet. “Hopefully the decision will be made before the events we have planned for are finished and then we’ll know what we still have to do.”