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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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"BROUGH. (1) An old surname in Orkney, derived from either Overbrough or Netherbrough in Harray. Thomas Burgh, witness in Harray, in 1530 may be the Thomas Burcht, witness at the Kirk of Harray in 1557 (REO., p. 108, 211). William Bruche was juror in Harray in 1601 (ibid., p. 174). (2) An old surname in Perthshire, may be from Brough in Yorkshire. Robert Burch (with metathesis of r), a frater de Cupro, 1500 (REB., i, 220). John Brugh is recorded in South Kinkell in 1598 (Dunblane), Gilbert Brugh in Lethendie in 1683 (DPD., I, p. 487), and Malcolm Brough was a tenant in Glenfender, Athol, in 1705. The surname also occurs as Bruch in the Dunblane Commissariot Record, and is also in the Edinburgh Marriage Register after 1665. Brucht 1506, Brught 1575. "(The surnames of Scotland. George Fraser Black, 1866-1948)


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