A charity which helped an Angus couple stay at their baby’s side as he beat life-threatening illness is to be thanked at an event this weekend.
Kerr Flanigan from Forfar was born with a failing heart and at just one week old was rushed to Ninewells and then Glasgow’s Royal Hospital for Children in October.
His parents Ian and Sharon were unprepared for the “worst time of their lives” but were given a free home at Ronald McDonald House (RMH) for a month.
Kerr is now “thriving” under the watchful eye of cardiologists and a show has been organised to raise money for the charity.
RMH puts up families with children being treated in the city.
As well as providing a bed, kitchen, and laundry within minutes of the ward, the house allows residents to meet other families and build a support network.
Kerr’s uncle Ewan Phillip said the five-month-old was first admitted to Ninewells before a specialist ambulance team transferred him to Glasgow for emergency heart surgery.
He added: “Sharon and Ian are hugely appreciative to the house for being there at the worst time of their lives and want to raise as much money as possible for the charity which runs it to help ensure that it will be there for other families to benefit in the future.”
Mr Phillip, who runs EPL Events, has organised a family-friendly Funbox show at the Reid Hall on Sunday April 3, entitled Animal Magic.
Tickets are £10 or £35 for a family of four and can be booked at www.eplevents.co.uk.
The audience is encouraged to come dressed as favourite animal.
Doors open at 12.45pm, the performance begins at 2pm, and there will be professional face painting and a costume stall available.
To add to the total raised, a team of 10 friends and family members will take part in an abseil from the Forth Rail Bridge on June 12.
Team Kerr has already raised around £2,000.