Bingo players donate £300 to Montrose youngster

Pictured, from left: Kevin Reid, Clair Finlayson, Abbi Reid, Jenny Walker and Susan Reid.

Pictured, from left: Kevin Reid, Clair Finlayson, Abbi Reid, Jenny Walker and Susan Reid.

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Brechin Vics bingo players handed over a £300 donation to a Montrose youngster who requires to raise funds to pay for aftercare following surgery.

Abbi Reid, whose twin sister Aimee died before birth, was born with breathing and feeding difficulties but thankfully she pulled through.

At the age of two she was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy - a neurological condition that affects the brain and nervous system.

Abbi’s Cerebral Palsy was caused by the trauma of her sister dying in the womb and has resulted in Abbi walking on her tip-toes, with her feet facing inwards.

Her balance and co-ordination are poor.

However Abbi has the opportunity of getting Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR)surgery which would change her life forever.

The local NHS has approved funding for the surgery, which would take place in London’s Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital, but the aftercare is not funded.

This has resulted in Abbi’s family needing to find an estimated £40,000 to pay for an intensive physiotherapy programme and equipment, which will help her progress after surgery.

Abbi will need two to three years of physiotherapy.

The bingo players donate 50p each week which they then donate to local charities throughout the course of the year.