10 COLOUR­FUL Twins turn the Hy­dro pur­ple for sick kids

Hos­pi­tal cam­paign

East Kilbride News - - POVERTY - An­drea Lam­brou

It was dou­ble de­light for Green­hills twins Emma and Emily McHugh as they plas­tered two land­marks pur­ple for sick chil­dren.

The eight-year-old fundrais­ers lit up the SSE Hy­dro and the Royal Hos­pi­tal for Chil­dren in Glas­gow – which were spe­cially-il­lu­mi­nated pur­ple to mark the start of a month-long char­ity cash drive.

Lit­tle Emily has spina bi­fida, sco­l­io­sis of the spine and hy­dronophro­sis of her right kid­ney and has had three ma­jor op­er­a­tions over the years so the pair have first-hand ex­pe­ri­ence of the hos­pi­tal en­vi­ron­ment.

From now un­til Wed­nes­day, Oc­to­ber 31, in­di­vid­u­als, busi­nesses and schools across Scot­land are en­cour­aged to ‘Plas­ter it Pur­ple’ by don­ning, dec­o­rat­ing and get­ting creative in aid of the char­ity, which sup­ports pa­tients and their fam­i­lies.

And Crosshouse Pri­mary pupils Emma and Emily were among the first to pledge their sup­port to the cause – with plenty of pur­plethemed plans up their sleeves.

Mum Tracey said: “As a fam­ily we are very fa­mil­iar with the Royal Hos­pi­tal for Chil­dren and are ex­cep­tion­ally grate­ful for the work of the sur­geons, doc­tors, nurses and other staff, as well as the sup­port of­fered by Glas­gow Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal Char­ity.

“Over the years the girls have or­gan­ised Christ­mas gift ap­peals, a teddy trek and var­i­ous other ac­tiv­i­ties to give back to the char­ity – and as a fam­ily we take part in var­i­ous events to raise ex­tra money. When we heard about ‘Plas­ter it Pur­ple’, there was no ques­tion of get­ting in­volved.”

Glas­gow Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal Char­ity’s Kirsten Sin­clair said: “We’re thrilled to have the sup­port of Emma and Emily – as well as the iconic SSE Hy­dro – as we kick­start our month-long Plas­ter it Pur­ple cam­paign. The money raised will help sup­port our young pa­tients and their fam­i­lies.” Twin­ning

Emma and Emily lit up SSE Hy­dro and, in­set, Glas­gow’s Royal Hos­pi­tal for Chil­dren turns pur­ple

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