Brave mums to walk on hot coals

TWO brave Wigtownshire ladies will be raising temperatures next month by walking across hot coals to raise money for a charity dear to their hearts.

In April 2011, the Adams family of Clugston Farm, near Kirkcowan, awoke to find their seven-week-old son, Drew, had died in the night and their lives had changed forever. In the weeks that followed the family – Graham, Catriona and their three older children, Libby, now 10, eight-year-old Callum and six-year-old Duncan – slowly had to rebuild their lives without their beloved son and brother, and have done so with the support of the Scottish Cot Death Trust (SCDT).

To repay this support the family have decided to help the SCDT by fundraising in Drew’s memory by having a firewalk.

With the help of Lyndsay and Robin Gibb from Stranraer, the family have organised the firewalk in Agnew Park, Stranraer, on Monday, Novem­ber 5.

Along with a group of brave friends and volunteers, Catriona and Lyndsay will take to the hot coals (somewhere between 600-800 degrees Fahrenheit) … and they are inviting everyone to join them raising money for the SCDT.

Lyndsay, herself a mother of four, said: “My fear of walking the burning coals, while immense, is nothing compared to my fear of losing one of my children.” She has appealed to others who share the sentiment to donate what they can.

The firewalk will take place around 7pm but the Stranraer and District Highland Dance Association will be there with hot food and drinks available from 6pm. Entertainment will 
also be provided by the Stran­raer Guitar Club and the Loch Ryan Pipe Band. For those who 
wish to remember a child close to their own heart, Baxters, in Stranraer, have donated candles that can be lit on the night in memory of an angel.

If you can’t manage along on the night but would like to support the family fundraising, donations made through their JustGiving website “Donate for Drew” (www.justgiving.com/DonateforDrew) would be greatly appreciated. Ultimately, they would like to raise £50,000 – £1000 for each day of Drew’s short but precious life, and they intend to keep fundraising until they hit this target. Catriona’s personal minimum target for this event is £600, which is enough to pay for an apnoea (breathing) monitor. These are loaned to bereaved families who have a subsequent child and will alert if the child stops breathing.

If would like to join the firewalk, contact the Scottish Cot Death Trust on 0141 357 3946 or contact@scottishcotdeathtrust.org. It costs £15 to register and all you have to do is raise a minimum of £100 in sponsorship. And walk the coals, of course! This is a life changing opportunity and a wonderful charity to support.

Cot deaths can happen to 
anyone. The work done by the Scottish Cot Death Trust is invaluable. Please show your support and donate what you can in Drew’s or any little angel’s memory. Families supported by the SCDT thank you.