Lois goes to some lengths to help friend

Smashes per­sonal best

Rutherglen Reformer - - Support - Dou­glas Dickie

A Cam­bus­lang school­girl who wanted to help raise money for her best friend’s sis­ter by com­plet­ing a spon­sored swim smashed her per­sonal best.

Last moth, the Re­former told the story of two-year-old Elsie How, who suf­fers from the rare ge­netic dis­or­der tri­choth­iodys­tro­phy (TTD).

Her sis­ter, Evie’s, best friend, Lois Jones, both 8, was de­ter­mined to do some­thing for the fam­ily.

So on May 26, she swam 32 lengths at Castlemilk Swim­ming Pool, rais­ing over £700 for Elsie’s Just Giv­ing page in the process.

The money will now go to­wards their tar­get of £10,000, some of which will go to char­ity and the rest will be kept to help Elsie with treat­ment op­tions as she gets older.

Elsie’s mum, Michelle, was amazed at Lois’s ef­forts on the day.

She said: “She was aim­ing for 30 lengths but when she got there she wanted to do five more and man­aged two.

“She was mag­nif­i­cent. She had some sup­port­ers in the pool keep­ing her go­ing and we were in the stands sup­port­ing her.

“The kids were all cheer­ing her on and some peo­ple in the pool even do­nated when they found out what she was do­ing.”

TTD is a life-lim­it­ing con­di­tion that can af­fect peo­ple in dif­fer­ent ways, but of­ten leaves suf­fer­ers with ab­nor­mal re­ac­tions to light.

Elsie was set to start sight re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion last week and Michelle says she is “pro­gress­ing”.

In the mean­time, she is hav­ing to get used to fame after she ap­peared in the Re­former.

Michelle laughed: “We’ve been stopped in the street with peo­ple recog­nis­ing Elsie. We were at Evie’s school fun day at Hall­side and we had a lot of nice peo­ple just say­ing hi.

“The teach­ers at Hall­side also raised some money and they have been so sup­port­ive.

“We also had lots of nice com­ments when the story ap­peared on the All About Cam­bus­lang Face­book page.”

Wa­ter great day Elsie and sis­ter Evie, right, can­not be­lieve how many lengths Evie’s best pal Lois, to Elsie’s left, swam to raise money

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