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Fabulous fundraisers have been responding to the appeal to help eight-year-old Corey Gillies from Keith in Moray. So far, £595 has been donated by ‘local heroes’ to support Corey, who has a complex medical condition.

Mum Liza Gillies said: “I would like to thank everyone for their generosity and kindness; it is overwhelming how many people have contributed towards his funding. I know Corey will truly appreciate everything everyone is doing for him to hopefully raise enough for his buggy.”

Corey needs a simple piece of specialist equipment so he can do the sorts of things most children his age take for granted – going shopping with mum, taking the family dog for a walk and days out with his brother.

Corey has Downs Syndrome, autism, hearing loss and low muscle tone. He gets tired very quickly and has difficulties coping with the world around him, so mum Liza Gillies uses a pushchair to get him out and about in safety. Unfortunately, Corey has outgrown the largest standard pushchair available and now needs a specialist buggy.

This will cost £2,045, so Liza turned to Newlife Foundation for Disabled Children for help.

Through your newspaper, Newlife – the UK’s largest charity provider of specialist equipment for children with disabilities and terminal illness – issued an appeal for ‘local heroes’ to help us make this happen. Newlife already had £681 towards this vital piece of equipment – but now fabulous local fundraisers have donated a further £595. Which leaves £769 outstanding.

Newlife still needs donors and fundraisers who want to really make a difference, helping us transform Corey’s everyday life. To find out how you can support Corey, go to and click on the Donate Now button next to his story. Alternatively, contact the Newlife County Liaison Team on 01543 431 444 or email

Newlife guarantees that 100 per cent of monies donated or fundraised in Moray will be used to specifically help children with disabilities and terminal illness in the county. Any money raised surplus to requirements for Corey will be used to help other local children.

Liza said: “This is a piece of equipment that would be used on a daily basis, for simple family activities like going shopping and walking our dog. It would make a big impact and ensure Corey is involved in all aspects of family life.”

Pictured: Corey Gillies