Alara’s family dig deep for £3000 kit for Vic

Three-year-old Alana Torun with members of her family and staff at Victoria Hospital's opthalmology department.
Three-year-old Alana Torun with members of her family and staff at Victoria Hospital's opthalmology department.

The family of a Kirkcaldy girl with eye problems has raised almost £3000 for new equipment at the Victoria Hospital.

Three-year-old Alara Torun was born with glaucoma and has to makes regular visits to the opthalmology department where she is taken by her grandmother Alison Littlejohn and great-aunt Heather Bonner.

Heather said she was frustrated by the lack of equipment needed at the Vic to accurately measure the pressure in Alara’s eyes and decided that she would do something about it.

She said: “The ICARE machine needed was always either at Dunfermline or broken awaiting repair.

“One day I thought I’m sick of this, and asked what machine was needed and how much it would cost.”

With the help of husband Jimmy and other family and friends, Heather helped raise the money needed through a number of different events including selling cake and candy at Kirkcaldy Rugby Club, the Loony Dook on New Year’s Day and a ‘Super Fish Tea Night’ at Hayfield Community Centre.

“We didn’t just want this for Alara,” Heather said, “we wanted to get the machine to help all the other families who are in the same boat.

“The staff are amazing but couldn’t do their job properly.”

Dr Gordon Birnie, medical director at NHS Fife, said: “We are delighted that Alara’s family has chosen to make this donation to NHS Fife.”