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Ellie This is our amazing granddaughter Ellie.

Ellie was born with Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus. Spina Bifida is where the spine and spinal cord don't develop properly in the womb, causing a gap in the spine. This can cause a number of difficulties including weakness or paralysis of the legs. Many babies with Spina Bifida also develop Hydrocephalus which, as in Ellie's case, sometimes needs an operation to insert a tube that drains excess fluid from the brain.

Children like Ellie are supported by the Shine Charity who provide specialist advice and support for the children and their families. Shine relies on donations to do this essential work and, this year, Ellie's uncle Dave will be running in the London Marathon to raise money for Shine. Obviously, we realise that requesting complete strangers to donate money to the charity is a bit of an ask but, now that you've read this far, perhaps you would consider taking a little bit more of your time to make a small donation to this very worthy cause at Dave's JustGiving Page? Thank you!

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"ABEL, ABLE. This was a not uncommon personal name in the Middle Ages, derived from the Biblical Abel, Hebrew Hebhel, a name of uncertain meaning, but usually interpreted "breath." Master Abell, clericus regis, was one of the members of a mission sent to England to ask restoration of the earl[1] 0 dona of Huntingdon in 1237 (Bain, I, 1329). He also appears in documents concerning the Abbey of Kelso in 1235 (Keho, 231, 418), and in 1253 "valuing his own promotion more than the honour of the long or kingdom caused himself to be consecrated bishop by the pope" (Chron. Mail.). Nicholas Abel, a Scottish master mariner, was wrecked on the coast of Norfolk in 1388 (Bain, rv, 381), Thomas Abel or Abell appears as burgess of Edinburgh in 1387 and 1413 (Egidii, p. 23; Neubotle, p. 237), and John Abell held land in Aberdeen in 1413 (RMS., i, 943). Robert Abell, chaplain in Brechin, is mentioned in 1512 (RSS., 2440), and William Abel was tenant of Racharral, Kemnay, in 1696 (AEI., p. 23). The name occurs in Dundee towards the latter end of the sixteenth century as Abell, and is found in the parish of Kemnay in 1697 as Ebald ( (Invenirie, p. 426). Thomas Abell was a burgess of Edinburgh in 1430 (Neubotle, p. 280), and a John Abell is there also in 1635 (Edinb. Marr.). The kindred of John Abell, a celebrated Scottish singer of the reign of Charles n were later known by the name of Eball (Itttu., i,p.i57-58).Abilll633. "(The surnames of Scotland. George Fraser Black, 1866-1948)


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