by NEIL GREENLEES
Kate McGurnahan cuts her birthday
cake at her birthday party last week
Kate McGurnahan and little Sam
McCausland together in the garden during her seventh
A MOIRA Primary Schoolgirl demonstrated real
selflessness recently when she sacrificed the opportunity to
receive birthday presents in favour of making a donation to a
charity set up to help fund the search for a muscular dystrophy
Kate McGurnahan told her mum Gayle she wanted
to mark her seventh birthday by making a donation to 'pleasefixsam,
established recently by the parents of Hillsborough toddler Sam
McCausland after he was found to be suffering from the
invariably fatal condition.
The little girl, whose actions added �230 to
the group's coffers, explained she wanted people to give money
to the charity instead of using it to buy birthday gifts.
Gayle is a close friend of Sam's parents
Tracy and William. Tracy said her little boy frequently played
with Kate and her one year old sister Anna with whom he was
She said Kate had been really upset when
Gayle told her Sam had 'something wrong with his muscles' and
his parents were raising money so the 'clever doctors could make
some medicine to help him.
Tracy continued: "Totally of her own volition
she asked her mummy if it would be OK for her to ask everyone
not to buy her any presents for her birthday and instead give
some money to help Sam and the other boys with broken muscles.
"I believe her mummy had to fight through the
tears to tell her this was a lovely thing to do and how very
generous it was. I just feel that Kate really deserves a medal."
Sam, who really enjoyed Kate's birthday
party, has another treat to look forward to on Monday June 16
when he will travel to London with his mother to join more than
100 other boys affected by muscular dystrophy and their
Tracy explained the group intends to lobby
parliament to raise the profile of Duchene Muscular Dystrophy on
the government's agenda.
"Questions will be tabled in parliament on
the day and we are also asking people to write to their local
MP's asking them to help," she added. The trip to London will
take place just two days after Tracy, William and a host of the
charity's supporters take part in a sponsored parachute jump to
It's not too late to join them as Tracy
explained: "We are looking for volunteers to throw themselves
out of a perfectly good plane to help us raise funds for
research into Muscular Dystrophy," she continued.
Jumpers must be aged between 14 and 60 and
there is a weight limit of 15 stone for men and 13 for women.
Each jumper will be asked for a commitment fee of �40 which is
non-refundable. The cost of the jump is �200 so we will be
requesting a minimum sponsorship of �350 in the hope people will
be able to raise much more."
Sponsorship forms can be obtained on the