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Family takes a leap of faith to say thank you from brave little Finlay

(left to right): Laura Crothers, Daniel Cahill and Lisa Cahill holding the cheque for Ronald McDonald House, with little Finlay Cahill top centre.

(left to right): Laura Crothers, Daniel Cahill and Lisa Cahill holding the cheque for Ronald McDonald House, with little Finlay Cahill top centre.

A Stonehaven family have raised over £4000 for a charity close to their hearts, by taking part in a sponsored bungee jump.

Little Finlay Cahill (2) was born in January 2012 with a heart defect known as Transposition of the Great Arteries (TGA).

It exists when the aorta or pulmonary arteries are transposed or the wrong way round. He spent the first four months of his life in hospital in Glasgow, undergoing operations and fighting off infections.

His parents, Sean and Lisa Cahill, were helped during this time by the charity Ronald McDonald House, which provides accommodation to the parents of children being treated at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children.

Lisa said: “The house, which is run as a charity, comprises several rooms and communal kitchen and lounge areas and is directly opposite Yorkhill.

‘‘It is not owned by the hospital and operates on its own charitable basis.

‘‘It costs around £400,000 a year to run the facility. Without the facilities and support at the Ronald MacDonald House, things would have been so much more complicated and traumatic for us and for the hundreds of families, many from the North-east, who stay there every year.”

Now two years down the line, Finlay is thriving and Lisa, her sister Laura Crothers and brother-in-law, Daniel Cahill, decided to give something back to the charity that helped them in their time of need, hoping to raise £1000 for Ronald McDonald House by taking part in a sponsored bungee jump last month.

Lisa said: “We were overwhelmed with the generosity shown by family, friends and colleagues alike in their sponsorship.

‘‘We had hoped to be able to raise £1000 for the house and even wondered if this was an ambitious amount so we were absolutely delighted to have raised £4128.

‘‘Finlay thanks everyone from the bottom of his ‘switched’ heart.”

n To contribute to the total, you can donate to Ronald McDonald house at http://www.justgiving.com/Laura-Crothers

 

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