Overwhelmed by public’s generosity

20151219- Victoria Hendry'Victoria is pictured with Helen Stott and mum Lisa Ritchie.  ''Andy Thompson Photography / ATIMAGES''No use without payment.
20151219- Victoria Hendry'Victoria is pictured with Helen Stott and mum Lisa Ritchie. ''Andy Thompson Photography / ATIMAGES''No use without payment.

A Forfar couple have been overwhelmed by the public’s support to help them fund a special buggy for their nine-year-old daughter.

Lisa Ritchie and Alyn Hendry had faced the cost of purchasing the £2576 buggy for their daughter Victoria, who was diagnosed with severe epilepsy when she was six months old.

When friends and family heard of the couple’s plight they set about raising the cash needed to purchase the buggy outright.

Bruce Webster from Forfar, along with Ronan Meek and Gordon Milne, completed a sponsored bike ride and Gillian Douglas donated £460 raised at the Royal Highland Show on the AM Phillip stand.

A further £250 donation was handed over by Play As One Scotland - a group of friends who believe children have the right to play together - no matter their ability.

They were moved by our website article on Victoria and decided to support the family.

The final cheque presentation was made by Helen Stott of Delfield Pilates, Oathlaw.

Helen ran a series of charity classes in the run-up to Christmas and her efforts resulted in a final cheque for £410 being presented to the family.

Helen said: “When I read the article in the “Dispatch” something just clicked. We have held charity classes in the past for the Anna Jane Melrose Fund, Clova Ward at Whitehills in Forfar and Marie Curie Nurses - we like to keep things local. I would like to thank all my clients who have generously donated to the classes.”

The special buggy allows the family to enjoy walks round Forfar Loch. The seat can be removed and fitted onto a trailer on a bicycle and it has been designed to be used by Victoria until she is a young adult.

Lisa said: “Victoria is in a wheelchair all the time which is alright when you are on the pavement but not when you are out walking in the park. The wheelchair is very basic but the buggy really has made a difference. We have never asked for anything; we hid away and didn’t want anybody’s charity. We didn’t want to be the centre of attention so have been a bit overwhelmed by people’s generosity. We didn’t expect for it to be paid outright - it is the perfect end to the year.”