South Scotland

Borders mother raises £10,000 in a week for hospital

Catriona Gambles and son
Image caption Catriona Gambles raised the funds to help children like her seven-year-old son Jamie

A Borders woman has raised £10,000 in just a week to pay for a urology machine which will save Scots children travelling to London for treatment.

Catriona Gambles, 38, of West Linton, wanted to buy a biofeedback machine for Glasgow's Yorkhill Hospital.

She was told that if she could raise the money for the equipment then staff could be provided to operate it.

Ms Gambles, who has a son with a urological condition, set up a web page and raised the funds within days.

Within a week she had reached the £10,000 target and the extra funds she has generated will be used to benefit kidney patients.

It means Scots children will no longer have to travel to Great Ormond Street Hospital in London and can instead be treated in Glasgow.

Ms Gambles' seven-year-old son Jamie was born with a rare urological condition which has resulted in several operations.

They have not been entirely successful which meant monthly trips to London for physiotherapy and rehabilitation.

Now he can be treated in Glasgow on a weekly basis which will accelerate his recovery.

Ms Gambles said: "It is really quite amazing.

"Doctors at Yorkhill told me on Friday 29 October that if I could raise the funds then they would provide the staff to operate the machine.

"A week later and I had the entire amount and then some."

The mother-of-four said she had not expected the money to come in so quickly.

'Truly amazing'

"I thought I'd have to do a whole bunch of challenges and that it would take maybe a year to raise the cash," she said.

"My father-in-law, John, cycled across Northern Europe last year to raised money for Mary's Meals, all I've done is set up a web page.

"Also, the money donated is all in small amounts from family and friends which is truly uplifting in a time when supposedly funds are tight."

Catriona got family and friends to support the appeal while husband Colin, head of biology at George Watson's School in Edinburgh, asked colleagues to rally round resulting in the huge response.

The £10,000 will go towards the hospital equipment with the rest going to Kidney Kids Scotland.

The fund-raising started on 29 October and currently stands at £12,582.44.

A spokeswoman for Kidney Kids Scotland said: "It is truly amazing what Catriona has managed in such a short space of time.

"We know only too well how difficult it is to raise such an incredible sum of money in a time of recession.

"This machine will now benefit loads of other sick kids in Scotland. It's a fantastically heart-warming tale."

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