Jenny McMillan ‘reduced to tears’ after massive £200,000 raised for Blake fundraising effort

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Blake McMillan

The mum of an Angus youngster battling a rare disease says she is speechless after a fundraising night pulled in £200,000 —  16 times the amount she expected.

Blake McMillan, five, from Carnoustie, suffers from MECP2 duplication syndrome which prevents him from walking, talking or eating, and means he needs round-the-clock care.

Only a few hundred people across the globe suffer from the condition with mum Jenny on a mission to raise funds to find a cure.

A fundraising night was held at Dundee’s Apex Hotel on Friday night where it was expected around £12,000 would be donated by generous members of the public.

However, Jenny was “reduced to tears” after friends Claire McCartney Urquhart and Mark Urquhart brought the pot up to £75,000 by doubling the amount raised, before Lotto winner Gillian Bayford added an incredible £125,000.

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Blake and Jenny McMillan.

Jenny said: “I’m still in shock. Blake has inspired so many people to do so many good things. He is an incredible little boy who has captured hearts.

“All night, photos of him were on the big screen and I loved looking at him and knowing that he did this.

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Gillian Bayford with Blake and Jenny McMillan.

“I am over the moon and so glad that I can finally stop fundraising so much and sit back and enjoy being mum to my beautiful two children. I can’t thank everyone enough.”


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