Pauline does business to help little Ritchie

Carol Buchan, Moira and Ritchie Horrocks and Pauline To
Carol Buchan, Moira and Ritchie Horrocks and Pauline To

A GLENROTHES businesswoman is helping the parents of a disabled boy realise their dream of a much-needed extension to their home.

Pauline To has also made an amazing pledge to give Ritchie Horrocks £50 a month for the rest of his life.

Moira and David Horrocks launched an appeal for donations to help them change their Craigrothie house to allow Ritchie to live a more independent life.

It needs several adaptations for the three year-old, who has a rare form of achondroplasia, or short-limbed dwarfism, but Fife Council were unable to assist.

After reading about the family’s plight, lettings company boss Pauline decided to step in and help the family in any way she could.

She got in touch with Moira’s sister-in-law, Carol Buchan, who has been leading fund-raising efforts.

“Ritchie is a gorgeous little boy and his family are amazing and it is unfortunate that the council are not in a position to help them,” said Pauline.

“I couldn’t sit by and not do anything to help when, being in this business, I have a good network of contacts.”

Pauline, a mother to five children, said she met the family to find out more about the house extension plans, then set about contacting various people, including architect Stewart Davidson of Davidson Baxter Partnership Ltd in Kirkcaldy and Glenrothes housebuilder Andrew Neilson of Harvest Homes.

She added: “I just told them about the project and straight away they said they would offer their help for free.

“They have both agreed to help, and I am hopeful other tradespeople will also offer their services or give us materials at discounted cost.

“I want to be able to get everything done as quickly as possible so the Ritchie and his two sisters, Emily and Lily, can have the space they need.

“We are all ready to get stuck in there, cleaning, painting - doing anything that needs done to help make the family’s dream come true.”

Pauline already sponsors a young boy from Kennoway who has cerebral palsy and requires an operation to help him walk.

But she added: “This is not about me – this is about giving a family the help and support they deserve.

“There are a lot of people out there with skills and I would hope they could get in touch.”

Describing Pauline as a “god-send”, Moira said she was delighted by how generous and supportive she has been.

“It is all very exciting and will make a massive difference to Ritchie’s quality of life,” she added.

Any tradespeople who would like to help are asked to contact Pauline on 732333.

E-mail: pauline@toletting.co.uk

To donate to Ritchie’s fund online visit the PayPal website and key in: ritchiehorrocjksfund@hotmail.co.uk