Voice of Fife singers get together to help young girl

CONTESTANTS from this year’s Fife Free Press Voice of Fife competition are getting together to produce a CD for a little girl with severe disabilities.

Little Erin Jarratt (3), from Cupar, who suffers from Microcephaly and takes fits, will be the main beneficiary of the charity CD, which will feature tracks from all of the finalists who appeared at the sensational singing competition.

George Aitken, who performed in the live show at Kitty’s, came up with the idea of doing a charity CD, and decided that the group should help Erin after hearing about her from her grandmother. Sales of the £4 CD will be split between Erin and care homes in the area.

He said: “I heard that her mum and dad were looking for a special car seat so she would be able to sit up straight and supported and enjoy the view out of the window. It costs £1100 -- I thought why not do a CD for that cause?”

He added: “Erin goes to Kilmaron School in Cupar, and if we do well enough with this CD any excess will go to the school’s common good fund.”

Erin’s mum, Michelle Anderson (27), said that she and her partner Shaun Jarratt (32), were bowled over by the singers’ offer.

She said: “I was quite surprised that somebody was willing to help fundraise for us. It’s a lot of money, but I thought it was a really good idea.

“Caring for Erin is not too difficult, but we’re kept busy.

“Her development is significantly delayed. She can roll over and briefly hold on to small objects and she can’t sit up unaided. She’s a very happy, smiley child. She never moans really and she likes attention.”

Microcephaly is a medical condition in which the circumference of the head is smaller than normal because the brain has not developed properly or has stopped growing, and can result in delayed development, delayed motor functions and speech or seizures, among other symptoms.