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Family of Tot Who Doubled in Size Raise Funds for SKFF

Monday, 23 July 2012

A Dunfermline family whose baby boy doubled in size as he battled for his life has raised more than £13,000 for the Sick Kids Friends Foundation (SKFF).

Helena and John Scott organised a family fun day to bring a cash boost for the charity whose funding helped save their son's life.

Last year, little Neeson Scott was rushed by ambulance to the High Dependency Unit at Edinburgh's Royal Hospital for Sick Children.

After hours of painstaking tests including x-rays and an ultra sound, doctors diagnosed the tot with pneumonia on his left lung. Neeson was rushed into theatre to undergo emergency lifesaving surgery as his body began to swell from fluid build-up, crushing his small organs.

The Scott family spent eight worrying weeks by his bedside as he struggled to breathe on his own, completely dependent on a ventilator.

During this critical time, his parents watched helplessly as doctors carried out five surgical procedures and three blood transfusions on his small frame.

But eighteen months on, Neeson has overcome the worst, with only the remains of some scarring on his lungs.

Mum-of-two Helena, 33, said: "During Neeson's illness our whole family was sick with worry and we realised how much support the Sick Kids Friends Foundation offers families like ours. Not only does SKFF provide facilities to help parents, but it also helps pay for research and equipment outwith  NHS provisions."

Neeson's family was so delighted with his recovery and the support they received during his illness that they decided to organise an event to help other families who have a sick child.

Together along with the local community, the Scott family planned a fabulous fun day and evening Stars in Your Eyes themed event.

Helena continued: "We decided to organise a fun filled day and night to raise funds for SKFF and I am delighted to announce we have collected more than £13,000 so far.

"We were forced to change our venue at last minute to the Parkgate Community Centre in Rosyth as our outdoor venue was rained off. Everything went brilliantly and we would like to thank our local community and each of the businesses for all turning out to support us and helping us make the day a success. Our night-time sing along also went really well and we had an array of exciting talent on show. Many thanks to Jill Carter's Beauty Boutique in Dunfermline and The Sign Company in Kirkcaldy for all of their funds and support."

A 400-strong crowd turned out to support the Scott family and donated vital funds to the charity.   Entertainment included a clown, a balloon modeller, face painting, and an animal petting zoo along with appearances from children's cartoon favourites Peppa Pig and the Moshi Monsters. Former professional football players Scott Thomson and Pete Lawrie were in the winning team which clinched the coveted cup following a rain-affected seven-aside tournament.   

Rachel McKenzie, community fundraising manager for the Sick Kids Friends Foundation, said: "I am delighted at the success of the Scott family's event. I cannot thank them enough on behalf of the Sick Kids Friends Foundation for all of the hard work, time and energy that went into the family fun day in order to raise so much money.

"The Sick Kids Friends Foundation will continue in its on-going objective to make a great hospital world class, this cash injection will ensure we are one step closer to achieving this goal."


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The Sick Kids Friends Foundation helps sick children get better by funding extra medical equipment, improving facilities, financing specialised research and training and providing a wide variety of extra comforts for young patients and their families at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, other health centres in the East of Scotland and in the Community. For more information please visit www.edinburghsickkids.org