Dec 1 2010 by Will Henshaw, Rutherglen Reformer
A CAMBUSLANG family have raised over £5000 for Yorkhill Hospital as a thank you for caring for their son.
Young Ryan McKay, from Drumsagard, was admitted to Yorkhill three weeks after he was born with heart problems.
Although he is now nine-years-old, the St Anthony’s pupil still receives care from the hospital.
As a thank you for all care Ryan has received at the hospital, mum Patricia and dad Davie organised a charity night last month at Blairbeth Golf Club, where Davie is a member, to raise funds for Yorkhill, Ward 5A.
And they managed to a raise a whopping £5600 for the children’s hospital, far exceeding their expectations.
The evening consisted of raffles, prize auctions and races with over 100 people attending.
Ryan’s dad Davie said: “Ryan was in hospital since practically he was born. He had four holes in his heart.
“It was mostly heart problems at the start but after that he also had stomach problems and kidney problems. It’s an ongoing thing so he still goes in for treatment.
“He was treated in ward 5A, that’s the cardiac ward.
“I phoned up the ward and asked them if they needed anything. They were looking for stuff to keep the kids entertained like PlayStations, XBoxes and televisions.
“We knew from going in there that the stuff they have is dated so we wanted to help them get some newer things like PlayStation 3s and flatscreen TVs.
“I’m proud of everyone who came along and gave something and would like to thank them all.”
John Harkins, of Blairbeth Golf Club, added: “Ryan is a testimony to the efforts and skill of the Yorkhill team and is now a happy mischievous nine-year-old as anyone who knows him will tell you.
“Family and friends of Davie and Patricia fully supported the race night with a total of £5600 being raised on the night. Raffles, prize auctions and races helped this great amount to be raised.”