FOOTBALL fans at tomorrow’s Scottish Cup tie between Inverness Caledonian Thistle and East Kilbride will be invited to take part in a poignant tribute to a teenager.
Caley Thistle supporter Dawn Sinclair should have celebrated her 16th birthday with a party at the stadium following the game.
But sadly Dawn, who had complex special needs, died in Raigmore Hospital on Boxing Day.
Donations at her funeral totalled £850 which will be given to the hospital’s children’s unit where she was a regular patient.
Dawn, of Holm Park, Inverness, was adopted by Doreen Sinclair and the late John Sinclair when she was two years old and she also had two sisters, Elizabeth and Joanne.
Family members will be at tomorrow’s Caley Thistle match where fans will be invited to join in applause during the 16th minute as a tribute to the teenager who went to games and events organised by supporters.
Mrs Sinclair said it would be a moving tribute to Dawn who loved wearing her Caley Thistle strip while her proudest moment was being at Hampden in May 2015 to see the club lift the Scottish Cup.
“It is going to be very emotional but we are also delighted,” she said.
“I think it is amazing that the club is doing this for Dawn. We have had so many messages of support from people including fans in Glasgow.”
She recalled Dawn loved the atmosphere at matches.
“She loved the noise and being around lots of people,” she said.
Although Dawn had a challenging life because of her condition, she enjoyed a variety of activities.
“She loved people and she loved being the centre of attention,” Mrs Sinclair recalled.
“Although she had a lot of problems, she knew what was happening and was very well aware of the day and what time it was and what should be happening.
Dawn enjoyed attending Drummond School in Inverness and had been to Belladrum Festival near Beauly and concerts by Ed Sheeran and S Club 7.
Over the years, she became a familiar face on the children’s unit often being admitted for a chest infection but was unable to overcome illness on the last occasion.
She died in Raigmore’s intensive care unit surrounded by her family.
At a celebration of her life, Caley Thistle fans as well as supporters of other teams wore the club colours in recognition of Dawn’s love for Caley Thistle.
Her hero, club goalkeeping coach Ryan Esson, whom she sponsored, was also among those who attended.
Tributes were paid by her sister, Joanne, and children’s nurses Pam Murray and Laura Steven.
Mrs Sinclair said Dawn always received the best of care on the children’s unit where she was known by many of the staff.
“The care was fantastic,” Mrs Sinclair said.
“It is an amazing place.”