THE FATHER of a boy suffering from an incurable degenerative disease has thanked supporters for their efforts so far, but said much remains to be done.
Norman Mathieson revealed to The Arbroath Herald earlier this week that the campaign fund to send his son Daniel to Disneyland Florida has reached £4,850, but time is running out to reach the £8,650 total.
Daniel (22) suffers from Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a muscle wasting condition which has already claimed the life of his brothers John and James.
Norman said: “We’re about halfway there, but we need to raise the rest in the next three weeks. We’re getting pretty desperate.
“We’ve applied to companies and shops for donations and we’ve had a few replies so far. Northern Tool and Gear gave us a cheque for £50, S.G. Baker donated £1,200 and Alex Skea Transport donated £100.
“We’d also like to thank Valy over at Arkive who is donating a kilt for Daniel to wear at a presentation at the Webster Memorial Theatre on September 28.”
The family have until October 1 to pay off the balance for Daniel’s dream trip as their travel agent is unable to give them any more leeway.
Norman said: “We’re desperately needing help. If anyone can help in any way whatsoever, it would mean so much to us. We don’t know how long we’ve got left with Daniel, he’s getting a bit poorly.”
On Wednesday night in Montrose an evening of mediumship with medium James Cameron and guest was held in The Park Hotel, Montrose, to raise funds.
And the family is holding a garden sale at their home at 7 McGregors Walk on Sunday, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
On September 23 there will be a waxathon at the Portcullis bar between 1 and 4 p.m. to raise money for the trip.