Kayla ap­peal hits goal in six hours

The Oban Times - - Front Page -

THE ‘ SAD­DEST day ever’ for a Dun­beg fam­ily saw an un­prece­dented turnout for the fu­neral of eight-year- old Kayla MacDon­ald.

Kayla was killed while out on a walk with her grand­par­ents in a for­est at Ben­der­loch.

Words such as ‘precious’, ‘kind’ and ‘joy­ful’ were used dur­ing a ser­vice in Oban Parish Church.

Kayla was the only daugh­ter of par­ents Ka­rina MacPher­son and Alas­tair ‘Et­tie’ MacDon­ald. Kayla is sur­vived by two younger broth­ers.

Kayla was a pupil at the Gaelic unit at Rock­field Pri­mary School in Oban. Mov­ing words writ­ten by her teacher Claire Jor­dan were printed in last week’s Oban Times. Her cousin, Caitlin MacPher­son, was also in­jured in the in­ci­dent, which in­volved a pile of tim­ber. She is said to be in a ‘sta­ble’ con­di­tion.

A Just­Giv­ing.com char­ity page, set up to sup­port the fam­ily, saw trib­utes pour in from all over the world.

The fund­ing goal of £5,000 was over­taken in just six hours with more than £13,500 be­ing do­nated to the fam­ily at the time The Oban Times went to press. The fund to help sup­port the fam­ily has been left open for fur­ther do­na­tions.

Lachie Brown, a cousin of Kayla’s dad, set up the page.

Lachie told The Oban Times he set it up to ‘sup­port the fam­ily as they try to get through this ter­ri­ble time’. He wrote: ‘Kayla lit up any room with her huge bright smile and will al­ways be re­mem­bered for her fun-lov­ing per­son­al­ity.

‘I wanted to do this be­cause I have been con­tacted by so many peo­ple want­ing to give sup­port and send flow­ers. So I set up a fundrais­ing page as an­other op­tion to try to help sup­port Kayla’s fam­ily through this ex­tremely dif­fi­cult time.

‘Please don’t feel obliged but any­thing you can do­nate would be hugely ap­pre­ci­ated.’

The or­gan­is­ers of this year’s Lorn Show have can­celled the event as a mark of re­spect for Kayla and her fam­ily.

The fam­ily have con­sid­er­able farm­ing con­nec­tions in the area and on Tiree. Kayla had been the top young sheep handler at the re­cent Tiree Show.

The Lorn Show was due to be held on Satur­day Au­gust 5 on Tralee beach, Ben­der­loch.

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