Daniel’s Dream

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AN ARBROATH family is edging slowly towards raising enough money to take their disabled son on a dream trip.

Daniel Mathieson suffers from Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy which has confined him to a wheelchair and has already claimed the lives of his two younger brothers.

His parents Norman and Yvonne have been campaigning to take Daniel and the rest of the family on what might be their last family trip.

The family had a bit of good news last week with an extension granted by their travel agent Thomson’s on the payment.

Norman said: “We’re sitting at just over £6,000, including the deposit. The deadline was supposed to be October 1 but we’re going to get a bit more leeway because they understand the predicament we’re in.

“The local manager has been speaking to the big boss at Thomsons to get us a bit more leeway. They know the money is coming in but slowly slowly and bit by bit.”

On Friday Daniel graduated from Angus College with an HNC in Computing and Web Design.

At the ceremony in the Webster Memorial Theatre Daniel will also received a ‘Student of the year’ award on behalf of his brother John who passed away in June.

Angus College has been a big help to the family according to Norman. He said: “The college has been bending over backwards to help Daniel.”

There are a number of fund-raising events on the cards for the campaign, including a bingo night on October 16 at the Helen Street clubrooms of the Royal British Legion Scotland, for which Gala Bingo have donated 300 bingo books.

Also taking place at the Helen Street clubrooms is an evening of mediumship with James Cameron, which will take place on October 30.

The following night, there will be a fancy dress pub crawl and bucket collection in aid of the campaign.