Steelworks raises money for Aidan

FANTASTIC SUM . . . the Dalzell site team celebrate the amount they raised. Pictured (back, l-r) are Jillian Kennedy admin; Pamela Brown, admin and Willie Murphy, team member; (front, l-r) Denis Maguire, team member and Aidan's uncle; Margaret  McAvoy, Aidan's gran and Claire Kelly, admin.
FANTASTIC SUM . . . the Dalzell site team celebrate the amount they raised. Pictured (back, l-r) are Jillian Kennedy admin; Pamela Brown, admin and Willie Murphy, team member; (front, l-r) Denis Maguire, team member and Aidan's uncle; Margaret McAvoy, Aidan's gran and Claire Kelly, admin.

GENEROUS workers at a Motherwell steel firm have been busy raising money to help fund a Scottish youngster’s life-changing surgery.

The Tata Steel employees at Dalzell - and other sites across the country - have collected more than £7,500 for Aidan McAvoy (2), from East Kilbride, who was born 12 weeks premature and suffers from a form of cerebral palsy known as spastic hemiplegia that leaves him unable to walk properly.

The cash, £4,730 of which was raised at the Dalzell site alone, will help fund a pioneering surgery in America that could enable Aidan to walk.

The cost of the surgery is £45,000 and so far Aidan’s family and friends have managed to raise just over £43,000.

Tata Steel staff raised funds by organising coffee mornings, a raffle, a sponsored punch event and cycle to work, and an auction.

For full story and more pictures, see this week’s Times & Speaker, dated Thursday, December 8.