Brooke’s Dream shatters the £40,000 barrier

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A CARNOUSTIE girl raising money to help her walk has reached an important milestone in her campaign.

Brooke Ramsay (7), is the little girl behind Brooke’s Dream, a campaign to raise money for treatment of the cerebral palsy which limits her movement.

Originally, Brooke’s Dream was set up by her parents to fund after-care physiotherapy as it was hoped at the time the NHS would pay for a selective dorsal rhizotomy in Bristol.

However, as we recently revealed, the NHS have left the family in limbo as they formulate a policy regarding similar cases.

The family revealed this week that funds raised in 2011 had topped £42,000, far and above the initial figure they had envisaged.

Mum Laura, said: “We never thought that so much would have been raised in five months of fund-raising.

“We also did not count on all the donations and things that people have done in support of Brooke. This gives Brooke a first class after-care package for three years which was our target.

“We had hoped that NHS Tayside would have come to a decision on whether they would fund the operation, but here we are five months down the line and they can’t even tell us whether they are going to refer her to Bristol for a formal assessment.

“Not only that, but it would appear that they won’t be able to give us a decision on this for another three or four months.

“That is hard to take, but I’m not going to let that take the shine off of everything that has been done.

“I am delighted by the current total and grateful to everyone who has supported us”.

On Saturday Brooke and her dad, Stewart, visited Montrose Police Office where officers presented them with a cheque for £1,125.

The money was raised when a group of 10 officers were sponsored to cycle 50 miles between Tayside Police stations.

Katie-May Ramshaw, daughter of one of the officers, asked for money for her seventh birthday and donated £50 to the cause.

Tonight (Friday) at the Cliffburn Hotel, ‘Rock for Brooke’, an evening of live music featuring five acts will raise money for Brooke’s Dream.

The gig kicks off at 7.30 p.m. and tickets are available on the door at £5.

Arbroath-based policeman Barrie Taylor and his friend Alan Taylor are currently training for their Land’s End to John o’ Groats cycle in aid of Brooke’s Dream.

Their marathon starts on April 2.

Alan, a teacher from Kirriemuir, has tackled the route before, but this time the pair aim to do it in nine days.

Stewart said: “Alan did this route a few years back, although at a more leisurely rate, and both are looking forward to the challenge.”

Barrie asked sponsors to reference them so a tally could be kept of donations for the ride.

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