A boy who suffers from spina bifida will be able to walk with his mum, after receiving an £8,000 donation for a special harness.
The Gathimba Edwards Foundation (GEF), founded by Myles Edwards, 28, and Gideon Gathimba, 37, managed to raise £48,000 at a recent event.
The charity dinner, which was held at the Ardoe House Hotel, raised the cash through donations, raffles and a silent auction on Saturday, February 18.
The donations will go towards improving conditions for children in Kenya but also for children in the North-east through the “Neil Jaffrey Award”.
The recipient of the award has been named as two-year-old Tyler White of Mintlaw, who lives with spina bifida.
Through donations given before and during the event, Tyler received more than £8,000, including an anonymous contribution of £6,000 from a local business on the night.
The money raised will allow Tyler’s mother Caelsa Sim to buy a bath seat costing £700.
Thanks to the generosity of the donations, Caelsa, 24, will also be able to purchase an Upsee harness – a mobility device which allows parents to walk with their children.
She said: “It will be a big help for Tyler’s house adaptations as we need to get a lift out, a ramp in the front and back, the house door widened and a wet room installed to make it easier.
“Tyler had a blast at the dinner, he was full of cheek and mischief and stole the hearts of a lot of people there.”Spina bifida is a condition where the spine does not develop properly, leaving a gap in the spine.
It can lead to problems including weakness or total paralysis of the legs.
Guest speakers at the event included former world marathon record holder and Olympic medallist Wilson Kipsang, and Enock Kirop, who is one of the young people from Kenya to have benefited from the foundation’s support.
The trip was Enock’s first time on an aeroplane.
After the event, Wilson Kipsang flew straight to Tokyo in order to compete in the Tokyo Marathon on Sunday, February 26.
Mr Kipsang came in first place with a time of 2:03:58.
The Gathimba Edwards Foundation evolved from a friendship between Myles Edwards of Aberdeen and Gideon Gathimba of Kenya, who met as international athletes in 2009.
After living and training together for many weeks, the pair decided to band together to help disadvantaged children in their respective home countries.
The money raised at the charity dinner will go towards a building project planned for October and to provide families with school uniforms for children entering secondary school.
Myles, co-founder of the charity, said: “We are delighted to have raised more than £40,000 on the night.
“It has not really sunk in.”