A further outpouring of support was held on Sunday for a St Andrews tot recently diagnosed with a rare form of cancer.
Friend of the family, 19-year-old Lisa Stewart, together with the help of her mum Louise Stewart put together a day of fun to show three-year-old Madison Martin how much the town cares.
Maddy, who started her second round of chemotherapy on Tuesday wasn’t well enough to make the day but mum, Samantha Kirk said she was delighted with Lisa’s efforts: “Lisa has just been absolutely amazing. To think of Madison like that and make such an effort is amazing.
“We’re gutted that we couldn’t make it as I know Madison would have loved it.”
Despite missing the event held in her name, Maddy is on ‘great form’ after recovering from liver disease she contracted from the drugs she was taking.
“It is a side effect but we hadn’t been told about it because it was so unlikely that she would contract it so early in her treatment. Last weekend was just awful, she needed help to breathe and her skin was breaking down. She wasn’t talking but now she is chatting away again and drinking,” said Samantha. “It’s the little things that give us a boost, like seeing her drinking juice again!
”We’re gutted that we couldn’t make it as I know Madison would have loved it.”Samantha Kirk, Madison’s mum.
“And knowing that everyone was there at the weekend lightened us up a wee bit - knowing that we’re not alone and that people really care for her.”
Filled with Minions, superheroes and Frozen characters the kids fun day at St Andrews United Social Club raised £2,637.90.
Lisa Stewart, organiser was motivated to put on the event after learning about Madison’s struggle. She said: “It was an amazing day and I want to thank everyone who helped out on the stalls, those who did their bit, the Changing Room staff, DJ Chris Hutchinson, the Social Club and football committee, Active First Aid as well as my mum, who was a great support throughout.
“My partner Matt Perry was also instrumental in helping set up and pull down on the day, and want to thank him for his support.”
Samantha and Madison’s father Shaun Martin are staying in Edinburgh while Maddy undergoes the rest of her treatment at Sick Kids.