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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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"BRAIDWOOD. Of local origin from the lands and later village of the same name in Avondale parish, Lanarkshire. John de Bradwod was one of the jurors on an inquest held in St. Katherine's Chapel, Bavelay, in 1280 (Bain, rv, 1762). John Braidwod or Braidwoth and Patrick Bra id wot are recorded in 1498 as inhabitants of Vddynston (REG., 478, 479), and Cristine Braydwoyd was tenant in the barony of Glasgow in 1521 (Rental). James Braidwood, surgeon, burgess of Glasgow, appears in 1649 (Inquis., 3553). The name also occurs in the Glasgow protocol books as Braidwode (1553) and Braidwod (1550). The founder of the firm of Messrs. Broadwood, piano manufacturers, was bom in Cockbumspath in 1732. Other early forms of the name are Breadwood and Braiduode. "(The surnames of Scotland. George Fraser Black, 1866-1948)


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