A Forfar couple are taking part in a personal challenge on Sunday to re-pay the kindness shown to them at Ronald McDonald House in Glasgow.
Ian and Sharon Flanigan spent a month in total at the unit last year after their baby son, Kerr, presented with a heart condition a week after being born in Ninewells Hospital, Dundee.
He was rushed through to the Royal Hospital for Children in Glasgow where he received life-saving heart surgery, and while there Ian and Sharon were cared for at the House located in the hospital’s grounds.
Sharon said: “Ian and I, and a group of family and friends, are taking part in a charity abseil challenge from the Forth Rail Bridge on Sunday, We are doing it to raise money for Ronald McDonald House, the charity that supports families with children in intensive care by providing free accommodation and home facilities so that they can stay close-by in situations where that is not possible. It doesn’t ask for a penny from parents staying there and provides a warm and welcoming home where they can be close to their little ones.”
Kerr was transferred to Glasgow in a special neonatal ambulance after becoming ill when he was only days old.
Sharon continued: “It was absolutely horrendous. He went downhill so rapidly. When we went to Glasgow we didn’t have any idea that Ronald McDonald House existed. We didn’t think about where we would stay when we went down but they organised everything for us. We were there for two weeks initially but when we got Kerr home, two weeks later he had to return to intensive care due to a bad case of bronchiolitis so we were back to Glasgow. We spent almost a month in total at Ronald McDonald House. Kerr is doing brilliantly now, you would never know. It is quite remarkable.”
In an effort to repay the kindness they received and in a bid to help other families, Ian and Sharon are taking part in the dare-devil fundraiser with ‘Team Kerr’ along with Sharon’s brother Ewan Phillip, his wife Claire, Barry and Francinne Carnegie, Ashleigh Fairweather, Emma Donaldson, Cara Henderson, Billy Gray and Aaron Bruce. Anyone wishing to sponsor the team can visit http://acefrb-june2016.everydayhero.com/uk/team-kerr-flanigan