Gorebridge boy’s toddle waddle to raise cash for unit

Reily Goldie (blue top) with fellow members
Reily Goldie (blue top) with fellow members

A Gorebridge toddler will walk a mile to raise money for the premature baby unit which cared for him when he was born three months early.

When 20 month old Riley Goldie was born on October 21, 2013 weighing just 1 lb 7 oz, doctors at Simpsons Intensive Care Unit told Riley’s family that his chances of survival were slim.

His auntie Laura Williams (28), also from Gorebridge, revealed that fighter Riley came through those dark early days of his life and is now a normal, healthy toddler.

She said: “When he was first born we were told he didn’t have long to live. Then he started to fight through it and we were told he would have learning difficulties.

“But now he is doing everything normal for his age. So we are over the moon that he has come so far.

“We owe it all to Simpsons.

“When he was younger he used to get bronchiolitis quite a lot . He used to stop breathing and turned blue.

“His mum once had to give him resuscitation.

“So it’s still quite scary when he gets ill. But he is getting healthier and it is slowly getting easier for the family.”

After defying the doctors, Riley will now take part in the Great Scottish Toddle at Arthur’s Seat on Sunday, June 21 to raise money for Simpsons Special Care Babies, a voluntary-run charity set up in 1985 by a group of parents and friends who have had babies in the Simpsons Intensive Care Unit in Edinburgh.

Laura said: “He is going to toddle for a mile around Arthur’s Seat to raise money for the Simpsons Special Care Unit. He was there for the first three months of his life, so this is to give them something back.

“We don’t know if Riley quite understands what he is doing, we think he probably does though.

“There are quite a few of us going to support him on the day, hopefully it will be a great day.

“It was Riley’s mum that decided to give the money to Simpsons.

“We have raised £450 so far but we are still collecting and hope to raise a lot more.

“It’s giving something back.

“We wanted to do it to say thank you to Simpsons. We haven’t told them yet, we are planning to surprise them.”

Riley will also be joined on the toddle by family members pictured above (left to right) Emma Williams with Chloe Swan, Angela Williams with Kayla Swan, to the right of Riley and his mum Amy Williams is Laura Williams.

The main purpose of the Simpsons Special Care Babies charity is to provide equipment, facilities and support to the unit by complimenting and enhancing those provided by the NHS.

As the Advertiser went to press this week Riley had raised £450 of his £500 target.

To donate go to https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/laurawilliams2