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Kindness of stranger will help wee George; Jennifer to do half marathon after reading about two-year-old's health on social media.

Byline: CHRIS MARZELLA

A 'good Samaritan' has offered to run the Stirling half marathon to raise funds for a Plean toddler with severe disabilities.

Jennifer Lean will tackle the 13.1-mile course later this month as she bids to raise money to donate to two-year-old George Donald who has a number of health problems after being born premature - at just 25 weeks.

George had fluid on his brain which left him suffering from chronic lung disease, a susceptibility to infection and blindness in his left eye. He is also deaf and unable to swallow.

George's mum, Yvonne, has been attempting to raise enough cash to purchase expensive pieces of equipment that would improve his quality of life.

Jennifer, unknown to Yvonne and George, had spotted the family's struggles on social media and contacted her to offer She will run the race for the second year running when thousands of runners descend on Stirling on Sunday, April 28.

All money that she manages to raise will then be split between buying new equipment for George and St Ninians Toddler Group.

Jennifer said: "The toddler group are self funding and the high rental costs mean that they struggle to keep going. But due to their invaluable service in the community they have fought to keep this going for over 30 years and I wish to continue fundraising for them.

"I recently learned about George. He urgently needs specialised equipment to assist his functioning and special needs. His mum wishes to buy a postural support seat, portable activity kit, portable bath seat and highly supportive and adjustable chair to allow him to sit.

"This specialised equipment will make life easier for George and his mum and give him little pleasures that we really take for granted.

"I hope that everyone can get behind me to raise the funds for not only the toddlers but little George. The funds I raise will be split 50-50 to the toddlers and George's mum to buy the equipment he needs.

Mum-of-six Yvonne, who provides round-the- clock care for George, said: "Jennifer just messaged me. I didn't know who she was but she was offering us help and we really appreciate that. The stuff that we need would really make life a lot easier for us, we're so grateful."

Yvonne has also organised an event at Bannockburn Miners Welfare on Saturday, June 29.

The night will involve bingo raffles and a disco, with all proceeds going towards purchasing the crucial pieces of kit.

To donate to Jennifer's half marathon effort go to www.gofundme.com/fundraiserfor-st-ninians-toddlersampgeorge-donald

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Helping hand Little George Donald with his mum Yvonne

Good deed Jennifer Lean will take on the half-marathon for charity

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Publication:Stirling Observer (Stirling, Scotland)
Date:Apr 10, 2019
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