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Sam Douglas family launch new charitable organisation

By Nicole Webber

Sam Douglas
Sam Douglas

The mother of an Inverness three-year-old with a rare condition has launched a charitable organisation to help other families.

Sam Douglas has received thousands of pounds worth of specialist therapies thanks to the Step Up For Sam organisation but his parents Steph and Kris Douglas want to give something back to the community that have helped to improve his life.

Sam suffers from an undiagnosed neurological condition that causes epilepsy and developmental delay.

His parents have now launched Dream Achieve Believe Highland to try and fundraise for other children in the region who would benefit from therapies not offered by the NHS.

"We have been so lucky to receive so much support and have people coming to us wanting to fundraise and we would like to pay it forward and give others the chance to help their children," Mrs Douglas said.

"We have had two families in touch with us already."

Since Sam was born the family has also raised funds for Raigmore Hospital’s Special Care Baby Unit, raising £25, 000, as well as fundraising for children’s epilepsy charities.

They will be announcing more information online in the next few days regarding their first official fundraiser on September 15, 2018.

Mrs Douglas revealed that it will feature a children’s event during the day and a separate adult event at night.

Once they have raised the funds they will allocate it on a grant basis with a panel to provide funding for therapies such as hydrotherapy.

The Step Up For Sam organisation will continue to run separately.

"It is so hard to put our gratitude into words," Mrs Douglas added.

"It is just so overwhelming, people are just so willing to help and there is such a big community involvement."

For more log on to www.facebook.com/dreambelieveachievehighland/

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