Let’s go for a spin say mums who want to say thanks for saving their kids

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CHILDREN and adults are being urged to ‘wheely’ help out by going for a spin round a loch using bikes, skates and buggies.

Grateful mums Lisa France and Lynsey McKendry have organised the sponsored event around Hogganfield Loch, near Stepps, in aid of Yorkhill Children’s Hospital.

Lisa’s son Cameron was born a month early. But at just a week old, the tot took a turn for the worst and was transferred to Yorkhill for tests.

It was revealed that Cameron had a twisted bowel.

Lisa and her husband Brian, from Moodiesburn, faced an agonising wait as Cameron underwent emergency surgery.

Lisa (31) said: “They took Cameron’s bowel out, untangled it, put it back in and his appendix was moved to the opposite side. We were lucky it was caught very early. For us, it was life-saving.”

Brave Cameron, now aged three, has come on leaps and bounds.

Lisa added: “Cameron knows why we are raising money. He has seen photos and has a scar from the operation.

“On his first birthday, we asked not to have gifts, but donations for Yorkhill.

“From the moment we got to Yorkhill we were looked after. We can’t show how much we appreciate the help and support we had there. It was just amazing.”

Lynsey’s six-year-old son Luke has been through extensive treatment at Yorkhill.

The youngster was born with gastroschisis, meaning his bowel had grown outside his body.

Lynsey and husband Kevin, also from Moodiesburn, were given the shock news at a 12-week scan of the pregnancy.

Luke was born at 32 weeks and underwent his first operation at just 12-hours-old.

Weeks later, he was left with a quarter of his bowel following an infection. Courageous Luke, a pupil at St Michael’s Primary, went on to have six operations in total.

Lynsey (34), who is also mum to Maria, aged two, and has a stepson Josh (13), said: “Luke had been doing great up until the last few months when his bowel swelled up and he’s been back to hospital.

“We’re trying to get to the bottom of what’s causing it.

“You would never know there was anything wrong as Luke is very energetic, loves football and playing on his bike.”

Lynsey added: “Myself and my family have been fundraising for Yorkhill.

“If the hospital was not there, then Luke wouldn’t be here. I owe my life to them.”

The sponsored ‘spin’ this Sunday (August 19) will see children and adults making their way round Hogganfield Loch on bikes, skates or buggies.

Lisa and Lynsey are also organising a fundraising Hallowe’en party in Moodiesburn.

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