Family effort for Brooke’s Dream

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TWO MEMBERS of the same family have gone to great lengths to raise money for a Carnoustie girl suffering from cerebral palsy.

Ian Macfarlane and his nephew, Conor Warren, both came up with schemes that saw them raise more than £2,000 for Brooke Ramsay (7) and her campaign, Brooke’s Dream.

Brooke suffers from a form of cerebral palsy which has severely restricted mobility in her legs.

Before Christmas, Ian completed four consecutive half-marathons, one a week, and raised more than £1,300 in the process.

Ian said: “I did a half-marathon last year so thought that this was naturally the obvious way to go about it.

“However, as I have been round most of my friends and family the year before asking for sponsorship I felt I would really need to do a bit extra if I was going to go back and ask for more sponsorship.

“I also wanted to push the boundaries a little with the aim of getting a few extra quid for my efforts.”

It was draining experience for Ian, who was suffering by the time of the last half-marathon in Jedburgh. He said: “My batteries were flat from early on and if it was not for the thought of helping Brooke and the encouragement of my running partner Chris Harrison, I would have struggled to get through it.”

Then in January, Conor was involved in the organising of the ‘Rock for Brooke’ concert at the Cliffburn Hotel in Arbroath.

Several local bands got together for an evening of live music and entertainment and raised nearly £1,000.

Conor said: “We wanted to do the gig for Brooke because I have known the family for years through my grandparents and felt our band, Skylight Secrets, would be able to help as we have done charity work in the past. “The night was a great success with tickets selling out, and everybody getting into the music and enjoying it all.”

The Kinloch Arms Hotel will host a band night on June 1, and on June 3 a charity football match has been organised at Laing Park.

For more details search for Brooke’s Dream on Facebook.