No bridge too far for brave Daniel

Daniel Brown (5), with his mum Felicity. Pic: Steven Brown
Daniel Brown (5), with his mum Felicity. Pic: Steven Brown

A five-year-old boy who has epilepsy is preparing to walk across two bridges in one day to raise money for a charity supporting families of those with the illness.

Daniel Brown, who lives in South Parks, plans to walk with his mum Felicity across both the Forth and Tay road bridges on March 21 to raise as much cash as he can for Epilepsy Scotland.

The youngster was diagnosed with epilepsy in 2013 and the charity he’s raising money for has done a lot to help him and his family.

He’s now looking to complete the fundraising walk to give something back to the charity and help it to support other families like his.

Felicity told the Gazette: “Epilepsy Scotland has given us a lot of support.

“Daniel was diagnosed with epilepsy in 2013.

“He has had several hospital trips because of this and has to take regular medication to try and limit how many seizures he has.

“His younger brother Blair suffers from regular seizures, although they have not yet been diagnosed.

“Epilepsy Scotland’s help line has been a great support.

“It provided a parent pack and information for Daniel’s school, all free of charge.

“Daniel has a jar to put spare change in from his pocket money but he wants to do more for the charity.

“He loves ambulances and likes going over the bridge and seeing the ambulances pass.

“We’d said to him ‘did you know you can walk over them?’ and that’s why he’s going to do the walk.

“So he’s going to try and walk both of them in the one day.”

The walk is planned for March 21 – the week before ‘Purple Day’, which is the national epilepsy awareness day.

Felicity said Daniel is already looking forward to the fundraising challenge and has his own justgiving page online.

She said: “He is really excited.

“He’s been looking at his justgiving page every day after school as he’s enjoying watching the money being donated going up.

“He’s been out walking the dog in training.

“I’m really proud of Daniel anyway, as he takes things in his stride, but the fact he wants to do this to help other families like his is great.

“He’s one special boy.”

To support the youngster in his fundraising efforts, visit www.justgiving.com/forthandtay