I just had to help Kianna

kirkcaldy;'CIYA RUTHERFORD with daughter KIANNA MARTIN, age 2, who suffers from a rare ' (unknown ) disease'photo; WALTER NEILSON

kirkcaldy;'CIYA RUTHERFORD with daughter KIANNA MARTIN, age 2, who suffers from a rare ' (unknown ) disease'photo; WALTER NEILSON

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A CHAMPION fundraiser was so touched after reading about Kianna Martin - the little Kirkcaldy girl who can’t smile - that he has given her family the money they need for her specialist care.

Charlie Kean (47), who has raised almost £400,000 for charity, was so deeply moved after learning of Kianna’s plight that he pledged to help.

Mr Kean, from Dundee, had been collecting money to pay for a bus for cancer patients attending the city’s Maggie’s Centre but instead decided to give £1200 to Kianna’s family to take the two-year-old to a special facility in Somerset which helps babies with their mobility.

His generous donation came after the story appeared in the Fife Free Press and was then followed up on TV and in national newspapers.

He said: “When I read the story I just had to help.

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‘‘I have been raising money for a bus for people with cancer and this is ongoing - but Kianna needs this money now. I got in contact with her mum and she couldn’t believe someone would help her, but I was more than happy to do it.”

Ciya Rutherford (20), Kianna’s mum, added: “It’s just amazing. People have been so generous wanting to help.”

A number of kind-hearted Fifers have been busy organising fundraising events to help Ciya including a race night, beauty day and bungee jump.

Last week The Press reported that Asif Hussein, owner of The Windsor Hotel, Kirkcaldy, is organising a gig with help from Yvonne Carstairs of Big Stooshie Productions and Stuart Watson of Rubber Stamp Promotions. The event - which will feature six bands - is taking place on Saturday, March 24 at 7.00 p.m.

A fundraising Ladies Night is also being held at the Windsor Hotel on March 16.

Yvonne said they will give Ciya the funding raised from these events as well as £1000 to allow Ciya to take Kianna on holiday after her treatment later this year.