A CARNOUSTIE girl is looking forward to a Merry Christmas as funds continue to build for her life-changing treatment.
Brooke Ramsay (7), who is afflicted with a form of cerebral palsy which inhibits her leg movement, is the cherubic face behind the campaign Brooke’s Dream.
Her family is hoping to raise enough money to fund physiotherapy and other after-care treatments following an operation to correct her walking.
However, the family are appealing a decision by the NHS not to fund the selective dorsal rhizotomy due to Swedish research which shows the procedure may not be a permanent cure.
Mum Laura said: “The appeal from both consultants has been written and has been sent away so it’s just a waiting game now.”
According to her parents the research which has denied Brooke funding is based on patients with cerebral palsy who have discontinued their physiotherapy. The family are under no illusions the operation will be an end to it. Earlier this month Brooke’s mother Laura revealed: “Brooke will always need to do some form of exercise.”
Fortunately, as donations continue to come in the future is looking positive for Brooke with a bag pack at Morrisons in Arbroath raising £1,832.36 on Saturday.
Laura said: “It’s a great shop to do it in. They were fantastic. I had a figure in my head, maybe £500 for the day, but when I was told how much we had raised I just couldn’t believe it.”
Last week Inverbrothock Primary School’s playgroup and nursery raised £110.50 following a show by the ‘Puppet Gang’ of Aileen and Tim Mottran, who made their own contribution to the Inverbrothock donation.
Laura added: “They made it up to the £200, it really was good of them, they are lovely people. And it’s really nice of an Arbroath school to think of Brooke.”
On Wednesday the prize draw at Hosies of Broughty Ferry was made for a flat screen television kindly donated by the shop, and was won by Paul Heaney from Dundee.
Laura said: “They raised a total of £940, and we just want to say a massive thank you to Ailsa and Graham, it was just unbelievable.”
Carlogie Primary School on Tuesday presented Brooke’s Dream with a cheque for £225 from the proceeds of their Rainbow Day held earlier this year.