Drummers help Elsie fight illness
Workout to raise cash for sick tot
Residents in Rutherglen and Cambuslang are being asked to drum up a treat for a little girl suffering from a genetic disease.
Two-year-old Elsie How suffers from the rare genetic disorder trichothiodystrophy (TTD).
The majority of children with the condition have additional support needs. They find walking challenging and have poor eyesight.
Elsie’s family aim to raise money over the next few years for specialist equipment and potential treatment for the currently incurable condition.
And the latest fundraising attempt for Elsie’s Journey is a keep-fit event with a difference at Stonelaw Community Sports Centre on August 26.
Pound is a cardio session based on playing the drums.
The event will be taken by instructor Christine Reid and has been dubbed Pound for Purpose by Elsie’s family.
Her mum Michelle is looking forward to taking part.
“I’ve never done it before so I’m going along next week to try it out first,” she said.
“It’s basically a workout with drumsticks. I think it’s quite good for your upper body and arms.
“I wouldn’t usually be drumming but looking at the videos it looks like great fun. I think it would certainly help getting rid of some frustration.”
Instructor Christine is waiving the £5 fee for the class to go towards Elsie’s Journey and there will also be a raffle for four tickets to the ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ panto at Glasgow’s SEC.
The money raised will go towards supporting Elise through her condition. She currently needs equipment to help her be lifted out the bath as well as a special UV gazebo simply so she can go outside.
However, the majority will be kept in case a treatment breakthrough is made in the future.
Michelle said: “Elsie is good. She’s still loving life at Westburn Nursery.
“She’s coming on at her own pace and is attending visual rehabilitation once a month.
“They are trying to get her using her sight rather than feeling for things.
“The gazebo would be great because we can’t go out as a family.
“She can’t go out in the sunlight so on the nice days she has to be inside and someone has to be inside with her.
“Going forward, we don’t know if she’s going to need a walking aid. She’s started putting pressure on her feet and legs but they go at a different rate to her top half.
“I’m hopeful a treatment will be found. I am in contact with people in the USA and they are still doing research.”
To find out more about Pound for Purpose go to Facebook and search for “pound for purpose - Elsie’s journey”.
I’m hopeful a treatment will be found. They are still doing research.
Little star Elsie How