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Community / Brae family ‘overwhelmed’ by support for Sunday teas fundraising event

Joy Macgregor with 10 month old Logan. Photo: Erin Rizzato Devlin

BRAE Hall was bursting with cakes, pastries and teas made and served by a hardworking team to a gathering of people of all ages on Sunday afternoon, writes Erin Rizzato Devlin.

The event was was organised by Joy and Shaun Macgregor to raise money for two Edinburgh-based charities that helped their newborn son when he needed urgent healthcare on Christmas day last year.

Logan, who is now 10 months old, became critically ill when he was only 20 days old and was flown by air ambulance from Shetland to Edinburgh.

Here he was taken care of by the paediatric intensive care unit at the Royal Hospital for Children and Young People, while his parents were welcomed and hosted by the Ronald McDonald House within the hospital, to be just seconds away from their son during this difficult time.

To show their gratitude for the work and support of these two organisations, the Shetland couple decided to organise a Sunday afternoon tea in Shetland style, complete with many raffles and prizes from local companies.

There were activities for children and a raffle with donations from many local businesses that wanted to show their support to the family’s fundraising and contribute to the event.

Some of these included return trips for two with NorthLink, an overnight stay with breakfast at Busta House and many more.

“This event has exceeded all of our expectations” Joy Macgregor told Shetland News on Sunday afternoon.

“It’s overwhelming to witness the support and number of people from the local community who have helped organise and realise our fundraising event.”

She continued: “We are also very grateful to the local organisations, such as the Brae Co-op, who have donated prizes and offered discounts for the raffles. It is amazing to see the support.”

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As she held Logan in her arms, the celebrations continued in the background for the rest of the afternoon.

Anyone still wishing to donate online to the charities can do so here for Ronald McDonald House or here for the Edinburgh Children’s Hospital.

See also:

Family to fundraise as a ‘thank you’ after newborn’s health scare

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