Community secures new wheels for MikeLeigh

MikeLeigh Simpson now has the funds to get her electric wheelchair.
MikeLeigh Simpson now has the funds to get her electric wheelchair.

The people of Girvan and the surrounding communities have ensured MikeLeigh Simpson will be getting a new £5,000 electric wheelchair.

The community rallied round 13 year old MikeLeigh after reading in last month’s Gazette about how she had been turned down by the NHS in her bid for an electric wheelchair.

Now in just a couple of months fundraising, enough money has been raised through various events to give MikeLeigh the independence to go out on her own with her friends, which she has longed for.

MikeLeigh’s Mum Kerry Bell said: “MikeLeigh and her family are overwhelmed at the amount of support that the community and people from other places have shown her.

“All the fundraising done by Charlene (Irvine) and her family has been more than kind and very much appreciated and thanks also to those who gave their time for free at the 80s night.

“It has made our girl and us very happy so thank you all very much.

“MikeLeigh can’t wait to be able to talk to you all when she gets out and about on her new wheels.”

The 80s fundraising night at the Catholic Hall earlier this month was the final hurdle in the fundraising bid and saw a sell out crowd enjoy Djing by Allan McDowall and Snowy.

Liam Crawford from the Snack Shack also shaved his head on the night which raised a lot of money.

Other events which helped secure the £5,000 included a “5k for 5k” walk around the town, a special Music on the Prom finale event organised by Girvan Youth Trust and groups such as the Girvan Brownies, the Girvan girl guides and the Girvan girls Brigade also helped raise funds.

Collection tins at various businesses across Carrick were also well supported and there was also a Go Fund Me Account set up online.