A pot of gold over Alyshia’s rainbow

From left, Rachel McKenzie, Yvonne Kemp, Morgan Dick (5), Caroline Dick, Karen Brady
From left, Rachel McKenzie, Yvonne Kemp, Morgan Dick (5), Caroline Dick, Karen Brady

A COLOURFUL town fundraiser in memory of a Kirkcaldy girl has given the Sick Kids Hospital a cash injection of over £3000.

Karen Brady, who now lives in Glenrothes, and her friend Yvonne Kemp, held a fundraising disco/karaoke night at Charley’s Bar in Templehall in February in memory of Karen’s daughter Alyshia Balfour, who was just nine years old when she was knocked down and killed in 2001. The tragedy happened in Valley Gardens as she returned from a nearby playpark.

Alyshia was taken to Edinburgh’s Sick Kids Hospital where she died nine days later.

The driver of the car was found to be doing more than 40 m.p.h. at the time and the tragedy prompted a road safety campaign which resulted in a 20 mph speed restriction and traffic calming measures being installed on the busy street.

Oz theme

Karen and Yvonne decided to give the event the theme of ‘Over the Rainbow’ as a tribute to Alyshia as her 21st birthday would have been on February 18.

Guests were invited to dress up as a character from ‘The Wizard of Oz’ or in bright rainbow colours.

Karen said: “She was looked after at the Sick Kids Hospital, and Yvonne and I thought it would be a good idea to hold a fundraising party on what would have been her 21st birthday to raise money for the hospital.

“We were amazed to collect £3500 - originally we thought we would probably make around £1000, but everyone was so generous.

‘‘We contacted local shops and businesses and managed to get signed Hearts and Hibs footballs to auction, Asda gave us a Burns hamper which made £200, and we had support from Spaghetti Tattoos, Eye Candy and Enchanted Events which decorated the hall. We also want to thank Charley’s Bar for hosting the fundraising party.”

Rachel McKenzie, community fundraising manager at the Sick Kids Hospital in Edinburgh, said: “The money they raised is absolutely amazing and it will be split between the intensive care unit and PJ’s Loft which is parents’ accommodation in the hospital so they can stay with their children who are receiving treatment in ICU.’’