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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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"GRAY, GREY. Perhaps from Gray, a town in the department of Haute-Sadne, France. The first of the name recorded in Scotland is Hugo de Gray, witness in a charter by Walter de Lundin, a. 1248 (Sc. Peer., rv, p. 269). The surname is now common all over Scotland. John Gray, mayor of Berwick, witnessed a gift of land to the Hospital of Soltre between 1250-66 (Satire, p. 32). William de Grey witnessed resignation of the lands of Nysebyte by William de Nysebyte, 1255 (Bain, i, 2026), and William Gray was a charter witness at Newton of Ayr, c. 1280 (RMP., p. 72). Robert Gray, castellan of Banff in 1291, was probably an Englishman (Bain, n, 542). Henry Grey of Fife rendered homage in 1296, and Huwe Grey, juror on an inquest at Berwick, also rendered homage (ibid., p. 198, 204, 215). John Gray was provost of Grail, 1327 (ER., i, p. 65). William diet us Gray witnessed a charter by Muriel, widow of Sir William de Rose, between 1333-63 (Rose, p. 117). John Gray of Broxmouth had a charter of the lands of Craigy in le Memys, 1357 (SCM., v, p. 247), and Laurence Gray was custumar of Montrose, 1359 (ER., i, p. 612). The land of Molyne was leased to Ibbote Gray in 1376 (RHM., i, p. Iviii), and John Gray was rector of the church of Feme in Angus, 1394 (RAA., n, 42). William Graa was one of the prominent men of Orkney in 1427 (Oppressions, p. 109), Robert Gray, "chamerlane of Aberbrothoc," 1497 (RAA., n, 383), and John Gra, tenant in Raynstruder, 1531 (Rental). See under MACCLASRAN. "(The surnames of Scotland. George Fraser Black, 1866-1948)


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