Grateful Stephen Dunnachie has been quick off the mark to raise money for a charity which helped his family.
While his daughter Teigan has been receiving treatment at Yorkhill hospital, Stephen and relatives have made use of the Ronald McDonald House in Glasgow. It provides accommodation to let parents stay near their children while they are being treated.
Teigan first featured in The Falkirk Herald in 2005 when we revealed she had been diagnosed with the rare genetic condition ADA-SCIDS and kidney disease aHUS.
The youngster, who will be 11 on Monday, was initially treated at Great Ormond Street Hospital and will return to London later this year for further gene therapy.
Stephen (32), of Rumford, has been spending his spare time away from his job as a building trade instructor completing sponsored runs to raise cash for Glasgow facility. Efforts so far have included the Alloa Half Marathon, Edinburgh Marathon, Three Peaks Challenge and Ochils 2000.
He said: “I may need the charity’s help again this year when Teigan receives her next treatment which is why I’m fundraising for Ronald McDonald House.”
But he isn’t the only one involved in raising cash. Wife Ann (38), a civil servant, and her sister-in-law Christina Dunnachie of Stenhousemuir, had their hair cut last Friday at Renellas in Falkirk for the Little Princess Trust, which makes wigs for children who have lost their own hair through cancer treatment.
Teigan, a pupil at Westquarter Primary, her mum Claire Reid (34), and Claire’s two younger sisters have already had the scissors taken to their locks for the charity.