Bucket collection brings in the bucks for Brooke

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A CARNOUSTIE youngster’s campaign to enable her to walk received a big boost this weekend.

Brooke’s Dream was set up to raise funds for an operation to help cerebral palsy sufferer Brooke Ramsay.

On Friday night volunteers from the campaign toured the pubs of Carnoustie on a bucket collection which raised approximately £366.

The team was led by Brooke’s mother, Laura, along with Kirsty Penrose, Cherise Whammond, Alison Smith and Brian Boyd and took advantage of the beer festival at the Kinloch Arms and the generosity of drinkers in the town.

Laura said: “We had an absolutely fantastic response. It was amazing and we were welcomed into every pub.”

The ‘guess the weight of the baby’ competition organised by Brechin parents Robyn Duncan and Craig Laing realised £230 on Sunday, August 21, when Caitlyn Grey, Cumbernauld and Jennifer Christie, Brechin guessed the correct weight of 7lbs 9ozs.

Tomorrow (Saturday) Brooke’s twin sister Amy will take 34 of her friends on a sponsored bike ride along the beach front.

Amy said: “I wanted to do this because Brooke is my sister and I love going out on my bike, this is my thing for her.”

On Sunday Stewart, Brooke’s father, will be leading a group of his intrepid Tayside Police colleagues up Ben Nevis to raise money.

He said: “It’s something I’ve never ever done before, although I have done some smaller Munros.

“This is a bit daunting, but I am really looking forward to it. I’m going with guys from work so there’ll be some good banter.”

Next Friday (September 9), the Kinloch Arms Hotel will host a race night for the campaign, which has been organised by Friockheim couple John and Ashley Neate.

The action kicks off at 7 p.m., and there will be an opportunity to buy a horse before the races begin, which will also enter them into a raffle to win sponsor prizes such as a two night stay in the Jury’s Inn, Aberdeen.

At the time of going to press the fund for Brooke’s Dream stood at £7,500.

Brooke’s mother Laura said: “We’ve had a huge response so far. It’s just amazing, and this is before we’ve even really done anything!

“We’ve had a lot of donations of prizes for raffles, from people we work with, people in Arbroath, folk from my Dad’s work and neighbours.

“We’ve had quite a few cheques through the door as well. The other day someone came up to my dad with a cheque and said ‘give that to your granddaughter’.

“It’s absolutely unbelievable.”

To get involved visit Brooke’s Dream page on Facebook or email brookes-dream@hotmail.co.uk.