Comedy night fundraiser for Rebecca

From left: Debbie Reid (Mearns Allsorts), Graeme Fullerton (Rebecca's dad), Rebecca Fullerton, Dave Metclafe (Burnside Brewery) and Lisa McBain (Mearns Allsorts)

From left: Debbie Reid (Mearns Allsorts), Graeme Fullerton (Rebecca's dad), Rebecca Fullerton, Dave Metclafe (Burnside Brewery) and Lisa McBain (Mearns Allsorts)

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A comedy night in Laurencekirk will see members of the community rally together to raise money in support of a disabled girl in the town.

Eight-year-old Rebecca Fullerton suffers from spina bifida and her family are looking to complete their ongoing fundraising with a comedy night at St Laurencekirk Hall to get her an electric wheelchair, something that will offer more independence as she grows older.

The Laurencekirk Comedy Night will take place on Saturday, June 25 and will feature stand-up from Stu who! Gary Meikle, John Gavin as well as music after the laughs.

The night came about through a partnership with Mearns Allsorts, a support group for families who have children with additional needs, and Burnside Brewery, a craft beer company based in Laurencekirk.

The Fullerton family has been raising money “for about six months” to buy Rebecca a TinyTRAX wheelchair, as the NHS only provide push wheelchairs.

They hope that funds from the ticket sales, which can be bought by contacting the Mearns Allsorts on mearnsallsorts@mail.com or from Burnside Brewery on 01561 377316, will be the last push the family need to make it to their £6000 target for the wheelchair.

Tickets cost £15, with all profits going towards the family and it is for over 18s only.

Rebecca’s father, Graeme, expressed his gratitude on behalf of the family for the support they have recieved.

He said: “We would like to thank everyone for all the work they have put in.

“It’s really humbling.”

Rebecca said that she was excited to get the wheelchair and has already chosen its colour - pink, her favourite.

She currently has to wear ‘ankle foot orthosis’ (AFO) - supports that straighten her feet and legs. A new wheelchair, used in tandem through her life with AFO, will offer her more freedom in her life.