A PERSONAL connection with the Sick Kids Hospital has inspired a trio of industrious young fundraisers shortlisted for inaugural awards.
Musselburgh teenager Alexander Muir, west Edinburgh’s Callum MacLennan and young Eyemouth swimmer Dylan Thomas are in the running for the Sick Kids Heroes awards.
Their efforts in collectively raising more than £11,600 have resulted in being nominated in the “young Sick Kids fundraiser whose success has inspired us all” category.
Alex and Callum have both been patients at the Sciennes hospital, while Dylan has watched his younger brother go through an operation there. Votes can be lodged on the Sick Kids Friends Foundation website or by using our voucher.
Winners will be announced at a three-course lunch at the Caledonian Hotel on May 10. Tickets are £40 and are available by calling 0131-668 4949.
A decade spent visiting the Sick Kids to battle a brain tumour left Alex wanting to raise money for the hospital that saved his life.
The 15-year-old was five when he started having chemotherapy.
He suffered a stroke during an operation when aged ten, leaving him unable to walk or use the right side of his body.
Alex’s eyesight, speech and memory were also badly affected and he spent the next 11 months in hospital.
His mum, Eira, said the Sick Kids had become Alex’s second home and inspired her son’s passion for fundraising.
The wheelchair-bound teenager used his left hand to paint a series of canvases that were made into Christmas cards in 2011. He raised about £1000 selling the cards and donated all the proceeds to the Sick Kids. Mrs Muir said: “Since he’s been home and with intense physio, he’s been learning to stand and to weight bear on his right side. We’re hoping that maybe one day he’ll be able to take a couple of steps.”
Callum spent 14 months relearning to walk at the Sick Kids. At age seven, he needed four operations to lengthen bones in his left leg and had to wear a metal frame and undertake intense physiotherapy. The youngster decided to raise £10,000 for SKFF by his tenth birthday – this month – and succeeded.
Witnessing younger brother Kane going through a operation at Sick Kids was enough to convince Dylan to swim for charity.
The 10-year-old swam 5000 metres – 200 lengths of a 25 metre pool in a single day and raised £651. Dylan said: “I wanted to give the Sick Kids money back for looking after my brother.”