Family’s appeal for premises

Pictured in Carnoustie on Thursday are, from left - Laura Hirst, John Hovell holding Blake McMillan and Jenny McMillan.
Pictured in Carnoustie on Thursday are, from left - Laura Hirst, John Hovell holding Blake McMillan and Jenny McMillan.

A CARNOUSTIE family is appealing to commercial property owners for help.

The family of 11-month-old Blake McMillan is looking for an empty shop in Carnoustie or Broughty Ferry in which to open a ‘pop-up shop’.

Blake suffers from MeCP2 Duplication Syndrome, an extremely rare degenerative disease, with only around 150 cases worldwide. It is characterised by muscle spasticity, uncontrolled epilepsy and severe developmental issues.

Blake’s mum, Jenny, said: “We had Blake last March and when he was just three weeks old he got this awful diagnosis.

“People started offering to fund-raise and the more we started to learn about it we found out about all the things that Blake would need in later life.

“We just want to get the best for him and that’s why we set up the Blake McMillan Trust. We’ve done pretty well so far and now my focus is not just for Blake himself but to raise money for research.”

Jenny grew up in Carnoustie, and now lives in Longforgan. Her sister, Laura Hirst, and father, John Hovell, have been rallying friends and family in the town to Blake’s cause.

She said: “We’ve had a great deal of support from friends, family and strangers. As much as I’m not in Carnoustie anymore I really feel that Carnoustie is behind me and the town has been great and so have people all over.

“If anyone can help us with finding an empty shop, wants to donate items or help in any way they can contact me at jennymcmillan1@hotmail.com.”

Donations can also be made at www.justgiving.com/hope-for-blake