Generous donation means sweet dreams for Glenrothes man Ciaran

Ciaran with Sonya Hendry & Sheena Cochrane. Picture by Steven Brown Photography
Ciaran with Sonya Hendry & Sheena Cochrane. Picture by Steven Brown Photography

A kindhearted Glenrothes business woman has helped a Muscular Dystrophy sufferer to enjoy a good night’s sleep for the first time in over a year after donating a staggering £9000.

Sheena Cochrane heard about the plight of Ciaran Pocock after a chance encounter in her local hairdressers.

So moved by the efforts of Ciaran’s family and friends to raise enough money to buy the specialist equipment to give him the night’s sleep he craved, she decided to help out by picking up the £9K bill out of her own pocket.

Sonia Hendry, who has cared for the 24-year-old for the last five years, said the gesture has left everyone speechless and overwhelmed.

“It’s unbelievable that someone could be so kind,” Sonia told the Gazette.

“You just don’t expect to encounter acts of goodwill like that; she really has changed Ciaran’s life for the better, we can’t thank her enough.”

Ciaran was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a severe condition causing his muscles to weaken and waste over time, leading to increasing disability.

Wheelchair bound from the age of six, he has relied on the help of a full time carer but has not been able to get a good night’s sleep for over a year after his bed broke.

But following Sheena’s heartfelt gesture, Ciaran can finally sleep sound once again and the donation has allowed him to use the £5000 already raised by family and supporters, including Sonja and Wendy Sneddon who runs Ciaran’s charity Facebook page, to use that money to redecorate his bedroom and allow for a few home comforts.

Sheena, along with her husband Alistair, made the donation through their Glenrothes-based steel pipe company PPS Ltd.

“It was purely by chance that I heard Ciaran’s story and I couldn’t stop thinking about him for the rest of the evening so the next day I went back to the salon and asked for his details and contacted the family to see if I could help,” she explained.

“Sleep is something we all take for granted but for Ciaran that has been anything but a reality, so it reinforced what we wanted to do was right,

“It’s just nice to be in a position to help in some way, Ciaran’s family and friends do so much for him, hopefully by helping we have eased the pressure, at least financially.”

Through her company Sheena has also now agreed to put a service plan in place for the equipment giving Ciaran one less thing to worry about.

And to say Ciaran is delighted would be something of an understatement.

“It’s fantastic,” he said,

“I can finally dream again!”