Peterhead mum’s special gift to charity

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A PETERHEAD mum has raised more than £500 for The Scottish Spina Bifida Association.

Karen King held a kid’s Christmas party at the town’s Rescue Hall in December, raising a whopping £580 for the national charity.

The 31-year-old wanted to give something back to thank them for their continuing help and support since her son Andrew was born with the spinal defect five years ago.

As well as raising funds, Karen also wanted to raise awareness of the condition which affects around 15 babies each year in Scotland.

“We didn’t know anything about it when Andrew was born so it’s been a learning curve,” said Karen. “We would have been lost without the support of The Scottish Spina Bifida Association and our area co-ordinator Sophie.”

Despite the challenges facing him, Dales Park primary one pupil Andrew doesn’t let it bother him too much.

“He’s a proper boy, really chatty, determined and a little menace,” says Karen. “Yes he has some medical problems, but he never complains and never stops smiling.”

Children born with the condition often also suffer from Hydrocephalus, which means “water on the brain” and involves a buildup of fluid inside the skull that leads to brain swelling.

Laura Houghton, whose eight-month-old son Rylie-James suffers from both conditions said: “The Hydrocaphalus means that he needs constant monitoring and different types of medication which he takes by syringe. Karen and the SSBA have been a tower of strength.”

Karen aims to carry on the fundraising with an Easter Disco at the Rescue Hall on Sunday, April 1, from 2pm til 4pm.

Tickets priced £3.50 for adults and £2.50 for children and are available from Anna at Serenity on Broad Street or by calling 07900 356847.