A seven-year-old girl with cerebral palsy who needs help to walk will benefit from an Aberdeen gala.
Cove Gala, which will be held in early June, has named Olivia’s Journey as its charity for 2017.
The event will focus on fundraising for Olivia Brands, who has cerebral palsy and requires an operation in the US to help her walk unaided.
When she failed to reach the same milestones as her sister Taylor, 13, Olivia was diagnosed with diplegic cerebral palsy at 14 months.
If the £70,000 fundraising target is met, Olivia, of Kincorth, will undergo a selective dorsal rhizotomy operation which will relieve pain and help to build muscle.
Cove Gala volunteer Mabel Pui Mun McLean got in touch with Olivia’s mum Senga Brands after hearing of the family’s fundraising efforts.
She said: “I had heard about Olivia’s Journey from a PTA member at Olivia’s school, Loirston Primary.
“As our 40th year celebrating the Cove Gala, we really wanted to give back to the community. We’re delighted that we can mark our 40th year by helping Olivia.”
The June 3 gala will hold collections on the day, with every penny going into Olivia’s fundraising pot, which currently stands at £2,620.
Far from being a one-off event, Mabel explained the Cove Gala team would try to bring as much attention as possible to Olivia’s cause all year round.
The 36-year-old added: “We want to use the reach we have as a great way to give back.”
After concerns were raised about the possibility of a cancellation due to the lack of volunteers, Mabel confirmed the gala was on track and she was expecting a great day.
Mum-of-one Mabel said: “We had footfall of around 2,000-3,000 last year and we really want to keep this momentum going. However, we would still appreciate local businesses getting involved to offer raffle prizes.”
Olivia’s mum Senga added: “I was really chuffed they had contacted us. It’s great that people want to help, it’s really nice of them.”
Donations to Olivia’s Journey can be made at here