Sing a song for Brooke

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THE LAST public event for Brooke’s Dream was a great success say organisers.

The Song for the Dream concert was held at The Starlight Showrooms in Dundee on Friday, August 24, and raised over £500 for Carnoustie girl Brooke Ramsay who has recently undergone surgery to correct the effects of cerebral palsy in her legs.

The concert consisted of four singers, Ross Croll, Rachel Weir, Rachel Hogg and Ryan Mill performing a variety of popular hits, a raffle and a silent auction.

Ross Croll was also one of the organisers, he said: “We reckoned we raised £520 to £530 on the night, we’re just waiting on the final invoices to come in.”

The highlight of the silent auction was a handmade silver pendant necklace. Ross explained what happened to it: “The necklace ended up being bought by ourselves and it was given to Brooke as a gift.

“We ended up getting two signed Dundee United footballs and they sold for £30 and £50 each. We also got £30 for a round of golf for four at Ballumbie.”

According to Ross the feedback from the concert has been very positive. He said: “I can’t believe how good the feedback has been.

“People have raved about it and I think we’ve converted a few people who might not be into our music to come along to future shows.”

Ross had trouble picking a high point of the evening. He said: “I think the number of people who turned up was a highlight. We were a bit worried about ticket sales before, but on the night we had 65 people turn up and that for me was the highlight.

“Everyone enjoyed it and I’m glad we managed to put together a play list that everyone liked.”

Brooke’s father, Stewart, said he was disappointed to miss the concert due to other commitments. He said: “The show was a success, but we were unable to make it personally. I think that is only two events in the year we have been going that we haven’t appeared or someone has not gone on our behalf.”

According to Stewart Brooke is progressing well following her operation in July to remove the spasticity in her legs caused by cerebral palsy.

He said: “Brooke’s physio continues with NHS and private physio four days per week, and we are doing extra on the three remaining days.

“She is doing brilliantly. She’s building and getting better control of her leg muscles and doing things that she never could do before.

“I’ve put some videos on the Brooke’s Dream Facebook page, the trampoline post demonstrates the improvement quite well.

“All this will just continue over the next few years and as her balance and strength get better she’ll be back out and about walking further again, and we’ll hopefully start to get her on her bike.”

Later this month Lynsey Bovill will attempt to swim across the Channel to raise money for Brooke’s Dream in the very final fund-raising event for the campaign. For details on how to sponsor Lynsey visit Brooke’s Dream Facebook page.