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Disabled Nairn teenager Cameron MacColl who has cerebral palsy loves life in therapy hot tub after donation from Moray Firth Radio’s charity Cash for Kids provides a £2000 hoist to access hot tub

By Donald Wilson

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Cameron in his new hot tub hoist.
Cameron in his new hot tub hoist.

Moray Firth Radio’s charity Cash for Kids has provided the final piece of equipment for a young Nairn man with cerebral palsy to access a hot tub which has been funded by the public.

Wild swimmer Elizabeth McDonald raised more than £9400 for the hot tub and summer house at the home of 17-year-old Cameron MacColl.

All that was missing was a hoist to make it easy for Cameron’s family to help him in and out of the tub.

Elizabeth, from Nairn, took up wild swimming in September last year and joined international initiative the Penguin Challenge to promote outdoor swimming.

From November through to spring, the 56-year-old was in the Moray Firth nearly every day and completed 155 miles and money poured into her appeal to help provide the hot tub for Cameron who was unable to attend hydrotherapy due to the Covid pandemic.

The funds paid for the hot tub, electrics and ground works and now a hoist has been fitted at a cost of £2000 by MFR Cash for Kids.

MFR Cash for Kids charity manager Lindsay Rose said: “We are delighted to be able to fund this hoist for Cameron.

“The last 14 months has been hard for us all but it has really taken its toll on Cameron and many other children living with disabilities who have been unable to access support and respite services.

“For Cameron hydrotherapy is vital.

“I take my hat off to Elizabeth who did an outstanding job to raise enough money to purchase the hot tub but without the hoist it was a struggle getting Cameron in and out safely.

“This is exactly why MFR Cash for Kids is here, as a grant giving charity we are a vital lifeline to children and families in the Highlands, Moray and Aberdeenshire.”

Cameron’s mum Elaine Harris said: “As a family are so overwhelmed by the support from Elizabeth and her family.

“We honestly will never be able to thank them enough. The hoist makes all the difference and completely takes the stress out of getting Cameron in and out of the tub.

“He feels safe and can fully enjoy his hydro at home experience.

“Cameron has been using the tub once or twice daily and thoroughly enjoys it.

“He has physio in the tub and he can relax at the same time.

“His confidence is growing fast and we can position him in the raised seat with the hoist, using the weight belt enables Cameron to have some independence also which he loves.”

Related article: Wild swimmer Elizabeth McDonald braved the chilly waters of the Moray Firth nearly every day over the winter to hit target and buy disabled teenager Cameron MacColl a hot tub

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