Local men Barrie Taylor and Alan Taylor are to undertake a fund raising cycle challenge from Lands End to John O’Groats to raise money in aid of the local charity Brooke’s Dream.
Barrie, a Tayside Police Officer stationed in Arbroath and Alan, a teacher at Webster’s High School in Kirriemuir will set off from Lands End on Monday, April 2 and cycle over 1000 miles to John O’Groats.
The inspiration for this cycle challenge is seven-year-old Brooke Ramsay, who is the daughter of a colleague of Constable Taylor.
Brooke is a twin who was born three months premature, weighing two pounds, four ounces, she had various complications when born and was later diagnosed with cerebral palsy.
The condition effects her balance and coordination, causing her to walk on her tip toes with her feet facing inwards.
Brooke has the opportunity of surgery called Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy which is now being offered at Frenchay Hospital in Bristol.
This would change her life forever, allowing her to walk properly, run and ride a bike, just like her twin sister and friends.
The current costs are in the region of £24,000 for the surgery and immediate after care which may have to be privately funded.
Brooke would also require specialised equipment and further intensive physiotherapy for possibly a further three years, with this being estimated at a cost £15,000 per year.
Constable Taylor said: “This is a great cause for a local girl, and any donation will be greatly appreciated.”
Anyone wishing to donate, can do so at Colin M. Smiths electrical outlets in Forfar and Arbroath and also Boots the Chemist in Kirriemuir.
You can follow Brooke’s progress on Facebook at www.facebook.com/brookesdream