A young Carnoustie girl and her friends completed an unusual sponsored walk at the weekend to raise awareness of congenital birthmarks.
Seven-year-old Jessica Taylor has a condition called Congenital Melanocytic Naevus Syndrome, which in layman’s terms means she has excessively large birthmarks on her body.
The Woodlands Primary School pupil gave a speech to her classmates on her condition and convinced many to join her on a sponsored walk across the Tay Bridge in their onesies on Sunday.
In total 15 children took part, a combination of seven from Jessica’s class and their siblings, as well as parents.
At the time of going to press £429 had been raised but there was still more sponsorship to be collected and donations are still being handed in by supporters.
Jessica belongs to the Caring Matters Now support group which also helps to fund the £150,000 needed each year for research into the condition at Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital. Jessica’s mother Rebecca said: “It’s quite a significant amount they have to raise and Jessica wanted to do something. Originally she wanted to take a sponsor form in to her class to get sponsorship but I had to explain that with them being only seven they didn’t really have money and that’s how it came about.
“It was actually really nice, they were really warm in their onesies and started to peel them off. It really was quite pleasant. There’s been a lot of support which has been just lovely. Jessica was really pleased with how it went and couldn’t believe how much we had raised. It was a very positive experience.”