ICYMI: Old Firm rivals help Highland boy (6)
OLD firm rivals put their differences aside and managed to help raise enough funds for a new specialised wheelchair for a terminally ill Black Isle youngster.
A father and son, both called Tony MacIvor, were moved by the plight of six-year-old Reece Mitchell, from North Kessock, who was diagnosed a year ago with the rare neural disorder Batten’s disease – leading him to lose his sight and the ability to walk.
Sufferers of the condition are typically given a life expectancy of between six and 12 years, and other symptoms include dementia, seizures and feeding difficulties.
Last Sunday, they drummed up support for the quirky fundraiser, among friends and local businesses, by uniting Celtic and Rangers supporters for the televised derby match, as well as competing in a pool contest at Smithton Hotel.
It was a family day, with Rab Mulheron, the local comedian and football personality, acting as compere.
They managed to collect just over £1000 on the day and, with the total fund now standing at more than £4100, the wheelchair, which will be specially tailored to fit Reece’s needs, has now been ordered.
Mr MacIvor (55), a local taxi company owner of Old Perth Road, has known Reece’s mum Donna for years, but was moved to act after driving her to Rachel House Children’s Hospice in Kinross.
They are planning to continue to raise more cash to fund more specialist equipment for Reece.