Fun day to help fund research

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‘Frozen’ stars Elsa and Olaf will be making a special appearance at a family fun day in Forfar this weekend.

They will be supporting the event at Lochside Leisure Centre in Forfar to help raise funds for Longforgan boy Blake McMillan.

The three-year-old suffers from MeCP2 Duplication Syndrome-one of the rarest medical conditions in the world.

Blake is only the fifth boy in Scotland to be diagnosed.

It occurs almost exclusively in males and is characterised by moderate to severe intellectual disabilty. Most people with the condition also have weak muscle tone in infancy, feeding difficulties, poor or no speech, seizures and muscle stiffness.

They also have delayed development of motor skills such as sitting and walking.

Many cannot walk at all. Some suffer from severe recurrent respiratory tract infections, often leading to pneumonia.

This is a major cause of death in affected individuals, with almost half dying by the age of 25.

Blake’s family work tirelessly to raise money to fund research into MeCP2 Duplication Syndrome and his big sister Faye and parents Jenny and Paul McMillan’s lives changed forever when he was diagnosed with the incurable condition.

Denise Black, fun day organiser, said: “Blake has a special place in my heart. Jenny is amazing and works so hard to raise funds and I just like to do my little bit.”

The fun day will be held from 1pm to 4.30pm at Lochside Leisure Centre in Forfar to raise much needed money to carry out further research into the condition.

Elsa and Olaf will be there, courtesy of Elsa’s Party Wishes, between 1.30pm and 2.30pm and will be singing the film’s hit song ‘Let it Go’ at 2.15pm. Stalls will include, cake and candy and crafts.