Family’s wait for Brooke’s surgery

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AS THE money keeps rolling in to help Carnoustie girl Brooke Ramsay walk, her family are still waiting to hear if she can undergo life-changing surgery on the NHS, writes Jennifer Newton.

The Brooke’s Dream campaign was launched last month in order to raise enough money so that Brooke can have an operation that will allow her to walk for the first time.

The seven-year-old suffers from cerebral palsy and there is a procedure that could improve her mobility.

However, Brooke’s parents, Laura and Stewart, are still waiting to find out if the surgery can be performed on the NHS or if it will all have to paid for.

Laura explained: “We need to raise at least £15,000 but we might have to raise up to £40,000 if the NHS won’t pay for it.

“We spoke to the hospital again last week and a business case has been put forward for her to have the surgery but we just have to wait as we haven’t been given a date.

“It is frustrating because we just don’t know what they will decide.

“But the support we have had from everybody has been absolutely fantastic.”

Fund-raising for Brooke’s Dream was in full swing on Saturday when her twin sister, Amy, raised £950 with a sponsored bike ride along the Carnoustie Cycle Path.

Amy along with 36 of her friends cycled along the beach front path to add to Brooke’s fund.

Then on Sunday, dad Stewart and 20 of his colleagues from Tayside Police scaled Ben Nevis in another fund-rasing effort.

The event raised £1,000 for the cause which will be added to the money collected a charity quiz night being held in Forfar next month.

Laura added: “We still have money coming in from the weekend events and our total stands at £7,500 so far.

“We have more events such as race night in the Kinloch Arms in Carnoustie tonight (Friday) and we have also had a pay pal account set up.

“So hopefully we can raise as much as we possibly can.”