‘Miracle baby’ Nathan offered free nursery care worth £40,000 by Falkirk businessman

Julie Wright (centre) and baby son Nathan are welcomed to Little Stars nursery by manager Amanda Watters. Picture: Alan Murray
Julie Wright (centre) and baby son Nathan are welcomed to Little Stars nursery by manager Amanda Watters. Picture: Alan Murray
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A mother with incurable cancer has shared her delight after a generous businessman offered her baby son free pre-school nursery care.

Julie Wright (35) safely gave birth to Nathan Reid on January 8 despite receiving treatment for Hodgkins Lymphoma as a day patient at Strathcarron Hospice.

The mother-of-two from Grangemouth was first diagnosed in 2003. Following treatment, she was in remission and hoping to be given the all clear before being rediagnosed in 2009.

She became the first Strathcarron patient to give birth in the hospice’s 34-year history.

Kevin Gilmartin, owner of the Little Stars nursery at The Falkirk Stadium, was so touched by Julie’s story that he decided to offer Nathan free pre-school care - a total package worth around £40,000, were he to attend full-time over the next few years.

“When I heard this miracle baby was living locally, I wanted to help,” he said.

“I had never met Julie before. I just thought maybe I could do something for the family.”

Julie and Nathan visited Little Stars on Tuesday to meet Kevin and be given a tour of the nursery.

The business, which has nurseries across central Scotland, first opened in Alloa and was the first commerical tenant to move into the new Falkirk Stadium after Falkirk Football Club.

“I was a bit taken aback when I heard,” said Julie. “I was very surprised, but I’m so touched that someone would do something like this for me and my family.

“Given the situation I’m in, this offer means so much to me.”

As well as the birth of Nathan, Kevin’s offer of a free nursery place is the third piece of good news Julie and her partner Steven Reid, a careers adviser, have received in the past 12 months.

The couple were the winners of The Falkirk Herald’s 2014 wedding competition after receiving the most votes from readers.

Their prize is an all-expenses paid wedding at the Keavil House Hotel in Dunfermline, worth £5000.

The big day is June 13, and Julie admits she faces a hectic few months as she juggles her treatment with planning a wedding and looking after new baby Nathan.