A Kirkcaldy boy is finally getting a much needed piece of equipment following a hugely successful fundraising event.
Reiss Fairbairn (19), from Links Street, has received the Meywalk 2000, a gait trainer for those with a range of different disabilities.
FIFURZ, a fundraising charity group run by Lesley Cochrane and Diane Smith, held a Zumbathon at Templehall Community Centre, which saw close to 200 locals take part, raising over £2000 to help pay for the walker.
Reiss, who attends the Leonard Chesire Centre in Dysart, suffers from Type 1 Cittrulinemia, the rarest form of the disease, which causes ammonia and other toxic substances to accumulate in the blood.
He is one of only three other people in the UK who lives with the condition.
Reiss’ parents Steven and Kerry are over the moon about their son receiving the new walker.
Steven said: “Reiss is wheelchair bound and although he did have a small walker, it is only suitable for a child, and he couldn’t really stand up properly with it without bending his knees all the time.
“But thanks to all the hard work by the FIFURZ and everybody who donated their time and money, we were finally able to get him one that is more suitable for his age.
“With the Meywalk, he can stand up fully and is finally able to get around more easily and can enjoy being outside as well.
“He has been whizzing about all over the place!
“This isn’t just for fun though,” continued Steven. “It will help to strengthen his leg muscles, which have been deteriorating, and will really benefit his health. It will also allow him some degree of independence.
“We are all so grateful to everybody that has played a part in helping Reiss get his walker.”
Diane added: “The turn out for the first Zumbathon was fab! To see all the people out there was amazing. To be able to give to such a deserving family and to see Reiss going around on the walker, just makes it all worthwhile.”
Following on from the success of its first Zumbathon, FIFURZ has organised another event for later this summer. This time round, the group is hoping to raise money for two worthwhile causes.
Lauren Ferguson, from Cowdenbeath, who has frontal lobe brain damage and global development delay with lower limb problems, is in need of a standing frame and hoist to help with her everyday routine.
Also in need of some vital funding is PACT (Parents And Carers Together) based in Blairhall to buy some new sensory toys for children.
The event will be held on Saturday, August 23 from 10 a.m. until noon at Templehall Community Centre.
The charity is continually looking for projects and people who need help with funding costs. For more information visit www.fifurz.com.