Rallying round for little Kianna

kirkcaldy;'KIANNA MARTIN, age 2, who suffers from a rare ' (unknown ) disease'photo; WALTER NEILSON
kirkcaldy;'KIANNA MARTIN, age 2, who suffers from a rare ' (unknown ) disease'photo; WALTER NEILSON

KIND-HEARTED Fifers are rallying to raise money for two year-old Kianna Martin – the little girl who can’t smile.

Kianna from Kirkcaldy was born with a condition which left her paralysed for the first six months of her life.

Her mum Ciya Rutherford (20) told the Press last week that Kianna’s problem is so rare that doctors have been unable to diagnose exactly what it is.

Her family are hoping to raise £1200 to take Kianna to a special facility in Somerset which can help babies with their mobilty.

After the story appeared in the Fife Free Press it was given nationwide coverage on TV and in newspapers.

Our offices were contacted by people looking to make donations and now a charity gig has been organised to raise cash for Kianna.

Asif Hussain, owner of the The Windsor Hotel on Kirkcaldy’s Victoria Road, was so moved by the story that he decided to do something about it.


Yvonne Carstairs of Big Stooshie Productions is helping to organise the gig after being contacted by a member of Kianna’s family.

Yvonne said: “I immediately thought of the Windsor as we have worked with Asif before. As it turned out he wanted to do something too.

‘’It’s all worked out well.”

Asif said: “Some of our staff are friendly with the family too so I thought it would be nice to do something.”

The result is a gig night with six bands playing for only £5.


The bands lined up to play are; Manic Romance, The Begbies, The Cundeez, The Basics, Boot Magna and Calm As The Colour. As well as the bands there will be raffle prizes on the night including one very special top prize.

Jim Russell, also of The Big Stooshie, said: “We will be giving away weekend tickets to The Big Stooshie Festival which will include special access privileges.”

“Yvonne said: “It’s a great cause and would appeal to anyone to get in touch with raffle prizes.

“Every child deserves to smile.”

>> Support the gig:

Windsor Hotel, Victoria Road, Kirkcaldy Saturday March 24 at 7.00 p.m. Entry £5.