A three-year-old girl has inspired her father, family and friends to undertake an epic fundraising cycle from Land's End to John O’ Groats this weekend.
Devoted dad Iain Kelly – along with Graham Kelly, David Kelly, Joe Emms & Stephen Menzies – will set off on the cycling adventure on the 26th of May to raise funds for children with cerebral palsy – just like his daughter Abby.
Diagnosed with the disabling condition just before her first birthday, Abby had a bleed in her brain only a few days after birth, and spent the first two weeks of her life in intensive and special care.
The little girl also had hydrocephalus – excess fluid in her brain – meaning she was monitored every two weeks by a surgeon at Yorkhill Hospital in case a shunt became necessary to relieve the pressure on her brain.
Last year, devoted dad Iain set up Abby’s Heroes’ Fund, desperate to give something back to those who have helped Abby and children like her. Money raised will be split between Bobath Scotland and Yorkhill, with an ambitious fundraising target set of £10,000.
With Abby still unable to walk, Iain said that the help of her physiotherapists – including a Bobath trained therapist – is invaluable to the family: “Abby's movement is improving all the time and we are striving to get her walking.”
We have had so much support from Yorkhill and Abby's community care team that I wanted to give something back to those who have helped our daughter, and also help children with similar problems. Any money that is raised by Abby's Heroes will go into a fund through the Yorkhill Foundation and be split equally by Yorkhill and Bobath.”
We’re extremely grateful to Iain Kelly for his support of Bobath Scotland. To sponsor Abby’s Heroes on their Justgiving page, follow the link here.