Brave baby inspires golfers to swing into action

Kirkintilloch Golf Club.  Member John Burnett handing over cheque to Yorkhill Children's Foundation Community Fundraiser Kirsten Sinclair. 18.11.11 Picture by Jamie Forbes
Kirkintilloch Golf Club. Member John Burnett handing over cheque to Yorkhill Children's Foundation Community Fundraiser Kirsten Sinclair. 18.11.11 Picture by Jamie Forbes

A COURAGEOUS kid is on the mend after battling a life-threatening condition.

Little Ava Pettigrew was rushed to Yorkhill Hospital in August with meningitis, but is now back to full health.

Relieved grandad John Burnett recently encouraged his golfing friends to take part in a charity event which raised more than £4,000 for the hospital.

Ava, now 17-months-old, had the pneumococcus strain of the illness, which is particularly difficult to diagnose, and had to be given an agonising lumber puncture.

John said: “We really started thinking the worse, but she was out of the hospital in three weeks and learning to walk again.

“She has now been for her first assessment and the doctors said there was nothing to suggest she would become ill again.”

The charity golf day at Kirkintilloch Golf Club, on Saturday, November 12, attracted 140 golfers.

John collected lots of raffle prizes from local businesses, which helped raise the impressive £4,076 total.

He said: “I am overwhelmed at the support and generosity I have received in organising this event to support the Yorkhill Children’s Foundation. At times like this, when families across the country are having to tighten their belts, I am extremely grateful for the donations that I received.

“The staff at Yorkhill were tremendous to me and my family when we were going through a very worrying time with Ava.

“After the way we were treated I wanted to do something to help Yorkhill and convey my thanks to them so that they may continue to help other families that need their support, care and expertise”.

Club captain Billy Campbell added: “When John approached the golf club to see if we could help it was not a difficult decision to make.

“Kirkintilloch Golf Club is a family club and our thoughts were with John and his family when we first found out about Ava’s illness. We were delighted that as a club we could show our support for Yorkhill Children’s Foundation.”

Billy, John and Ava are pictured presenting the cheque to Yorkhill fundraiser Kirsten Sinclair.