Brave Brandon’s run for his little brother

Brandon and Baillie Tribe. Pic: FPA
Brandon and Baillie Tribe. Pic: FPA

Brandon Tribe has every right to be proud of himself after raising more than £900 for the British Lung Foundation and his little brother Baillie.

The eight-year old Kinghorn Primary pupil, who lives in the town’s Glamis Terrace, took part in the Edinburgh Junior Marathon at the end of May and came third out of more than 350 youngsters.

When we told Brandon about the marathon he was very excited

Carly Matthew, Brandon and Baillie’s mum

And his amazing fundraising effort, with help from many local shops and companies is to say a big thank you to the British Lung Foundation which helped his parents Carly Matthew and Aaron Tribe with help and advice on caring for his little brother.

Baillie (6), has suffered from chronic lung disease since he was just a toddler, undergoing several spells in hospital. He is due to undergo an operation in three weeks to remove the lower lobe of his right lung which has collapsed and is causing him difficulties including breathlessness and lethargy.

Despite his illness, Baillie is a normal, active little boy who loves to be out playing with his friends.

Mum Carly said she hopes the operation will help to improve his condition.

“Over the years since he was diagnosed he has had spells where he had to go into hospital, and he is always prone to chest infections.

‘‘He has been on long term medication and physiotherapy, and has had several bronchoscopies under general anaesthetic.

‘‘We are hoping that the surgery, which they are hoping to be able do thoroscopically, similar to keyhole surgery, will get rid of his symptoms and put an end to the treatment he needs.”

And she said that all of Brandon’s family were very proud of what he had done.

“He loves running, and took part in a 3km run with the school recently, so when we told him about the junior marathon he was very excited and wanted to take part.

“We all went across to watch him, and it took part on the road at Holyrood behind Dynamic Earth. It was a beautiful day, unlike the full Edinburgh Marathon the following day when it was horrible and rainy.

“There was a great atmosphere and Brandon loved it. Baillie was cheering him on all the way.

“They are very close and Brandon really looks after him.”

Carly, a trainee nurse, thanked all those who had sponsored Brandon, including Morrisons, B&Q, the Scottish Ambulance Service, Lloyds Banking Group and family and friends in and around Kinghorn.

“Brandon is really chuffed. We thought he would maybe raise a couple of hundred pounds, but at the moment he has £920, with more still coming in, so he his hoping to reach the £1000 mark for the charity.”