Raising funds for Piotr’s care

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THE kind-hearted people of Kirriemuir put aside the tough economic climate and January blues by digging deep to help raise funds for the vital treatment of a young Polish man.

Last month they answered the call from Magdalena Piekarczyk, who organised a raffle which was held in the Co-op in the town centre on January 8.

Once again Magdalena was overwhelmed by the generosity of all those who supported her efforts and she thanks them all for raising £449.12.

Last year we reported on the plight facing Magdalena’s young brother Piotr.

The popular 17-year-old had just completed his first year studying sports at college when he was involved in a head-on collision with a car whilst riding his bicycle near his home in Krakow.

He was left severely disabled after a major trauma to his head, and has endured months of daily treatment and rehabilitation.

Magdalena made a visit back home over the festive period, before returning to Kirriemuir where she lives with her husband.

She said: “I want to thank everyone so much for their understanding and their generosity. The raffle raised £449.12 for Piotr’s treatment.

“I would like to thank people who bought tickets and who donated raffle prizes, as well as Colin M Smith, who donated the main prize.

“Everyone was just great and the staff in the Co-op were so kind.”

Magdalena spent 10 days visiting her family and reports Piotr is making slow progress, but he is still facing difficulties with infections.

She said: “He is quite weak and must take a lot of medication. The money raised will help pay for his rehabilitation treatment which costs about £20 an hour for the therapist. He normally has three to four hours of treatment daily.”

Piotr is facing more surgery later in the year when plates will be inserted in his head, and he will then need specialist equipment once his treatment stops.

Magdalena added: “Everyone was so willing to give to such a good cause. It is very much appreciated.”