Selfless schoolboy’s gesture

Tyler James Ramsay (10) raised �500 for Macmillan Cancer Care.
Tyler James Ramsay (10) raised �500 for Macmillan Cancer Care.

A selfless young Arbroath lad has used his birthday as an opportunity to raise £500 for a national cancer charity in memory of his Dad.

For his 10th birthday on December 30, Tyler James Ramsay, a P5 pupil at Hayshead Primary School, asked for money from his family and just before New Year donated it all to Macmillan Cancer Support.

This brought in £400 and he raised another £100 by raffling dollies, bringing the grand total to £500 which Tyler proudly took to the bank on Hogmanay.

Tyler said: “I wanted to do this because my dad had cancer and that’s what gave me the idea.

“I didn’t think it would raise as much as that and I’m very pleased.”

His dad, Fraser, died when Tyler was two as a result of small cell lung cancer which left him in a wheelchair.

Tyler’s proud Mum Lesley-Anne said: “Instead of getting birthday presents he asked if people would give him money and he gave all of it that to Macmillan Cancer Support.

“They came out to the house and helped Fraser, they helped us to find out what kind of benefits we were entitled to when Fraser took ill, because he was the main breadwinner.

“Macmillan Cancer Support helped us a lot and Tyler just wanted to do something for them.”

Mrs Ramsay continued: “I’m very proud of Tyler. He was inspired by his other wee friends who are doing things as well for different charities.

“Tyler has been thinking about doing something like this since last January actually. We would both like to thank everybody that’s helped and thank them for their generosity.”