£5400 is raised in mem­ory of Justin

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Staff re­porter

The Cam­bus­lang fam­ily of a boy who trag­i­cally died on hol­i­day have raised over £5000 for his par­ents.

Brave Justin Meek suf­fered from a rare ge­netic disorder called Prader-Willi Syn­drome, which re­quired him to be given oxy­gen 24- hours a day. The con­di­tion also causes mus­cu­lar and men­tal prob­lems as well as an un­con­trol­lable de­sire to eat.

Dad Stephen (46) and mum Wendy de­cided to take Justin and sis­ters Char­lotte (3), Caitlin (16) and Sophie (14) to Dis­ney World in Florida in Septem­ber. How­ever the fam­ily’s trip ended in heart­break as Justin died on the last day of their hol­i­day.

And while Justin has been laid to rest, the fam­ily now have to cope with ex­pen­sive med­i­cal bills from the United States.

And Justin’s cousins Graeme ( 26) and Jen­nifer ( 26) and fam­ily friend Bro­gan Rooney (22) or­gan­ised sev­eral char­ity events to give the fam­ily some fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance.

On Sun­day, Novem­ber 2, they held a char­ity foot­ball match at the Peter Brown­lee Pavil­ion Foot­ball pitches in Cam­bus­lang. This was fol­lowed by a fun day at the Hole Park So­cial Club in Taber­na­cle Lane.

In ad­di­tion Bro­gan and Graeme took on the chal­lenge of climb­ing Bri­tain’s high­est peak, Ben Ne­vis, in Oc­to­ber to raise funds.

Now all the cash has come in, it has been re­vealed they raised a whop­ping £5400 which will be used to help pay for Justin’s med­i­cal bills and go to­wards money for his head­stone.

Although de­ter­mined to help their fam­ily, Jen­nifer ad­mits she never ex­pected to raise such a sub­stan­tial amount: “When we were or­gan­is­ing it we thought we would raise £500, so to get that much is just fan­tas­tic.”

The char­ity foot­ball match was a big hit, with many peo­ple turn­ing out to support the cause.

It was Justin’s Dream Team ver­sus Kenny’s All­stars. Both teams were put to­gether by Justin’s cousin Gra­ham and St Mir­ren’s Kenny McLean, who is a friend of the fam­ily.

Justin’s Dream Team won a thrilling en­counter 4-3.

And the fun­day was as much of a suc­cess, as droves of peo­ple turned out to show their support. The fun day fea­tured a dj, face paint­ing a buf­fet and a spe­cial ap­pear­ance by some Dis­ney

Char­ity Justin’s cousin Graeme be­fore the char­ity foot­ball match

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