Char­ity night cheque will aid re­search into Crohns

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Jonathan Ged­des

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

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