Charity night cheque will aid research into Crohns
A Cambuslang family have raised a huge amount of cash for Yorkhill Hospital after holding a charity evening.
Aidan McArthur (10), of Silverbanks Court suffers from Crohn’s disease and his mum Donna helped to organise a night at Fratellis that brought in £4500 for Yorkhill, where there is currently research going on aimed at finding a cure for the condition.
With a few donations still to come in, Donna’s hoping the final total will be nudging £5000.
She said: “We’ve done really well, it was a brilliant night. We’ve still to collect some money from my partner’s work and some auction money as well, so by the time we’ve finished it’ll be closer to £5000. We were delighted - it’ll be while before I do it again right enough, there was a lot of hard work leading up to it and on the night.
“There were a lot of local businesses from the Main Street that helped out.”
Aidan, who attends Hallside Primary, was diagnosed with Crohn’s last year, after being ill for several months.
The condition causes inflammation of the lining of the digestive system, and results in fatigue, weight loss and diarrhoea.
He’s now taking part in the study at Yorkhill that’s focused on Crohn’s and colitis.
All the money raised on the night will go towards Yorkhill’s research. Donna added: “Every penny will go towards it. “We’re just going to get it as a cheque and then hand it over to Yorkhill. The girl from Yorkhill said it was one of the biggest amounts from a first attempt that she’d seen.”
The night itself featured a host of games and raffles, with big-hearted friends and family chipping in plenty of cash.
Donna said: “We ran a couple of games, there was a head and tails game for a telly that my dad actually won, so he gave it back so it didn’t look like it was a fix!
“At the end we had a game where there was 10 big prizes given away and it was such a success - I couldn’t believe the amount we raised, I didn’t think I would be anywhere near that amount.
“I joined a help forum for parents when Aidan was diagnosed with Crohns, and there was three other parents and their boys that came along, so their support was amazing.
“I don’t think a lot of people who came to the event maybe knew what Crohns was or the effect it can have on you, but they were all happy to help out.”
Donna would like to thank all the businesses who supported them: Marion Rooney Hair Salon, Sunshack tanning salon, Gillian at No Hat Required, Canine Campus, Pandora’s Box, Leslie’s Chemist, Scotkart, Uppercut and AM Ducie florist.
She added: “We had signed tops from Rangers, Celtic, Dundee, Aberdeen, Partick Thistle and St Johnstone as well as a signed Ricky Burn’s framed photo and Charlie Flynn’s signed boxing gloves.
“There were over 100 raffle prizes donated from friends, family, clients and local folk who had read about the event in the Reformer. “
Although the event has taken place, donations can still be made at Donna’s Just Giving page.
It’s at www.justgiving.com/Donna-McArthur
Brave Aidan McArthur (10), from Cambuslang, with his mum Donna