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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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"KELLY. From the lands of Kelly, near Arbroath, Angus. There is another Kellie near Pittenweem, Fife, but the references point to the former locality as the source of the surname. John de Kelly was abbot of Arbroath, 1373 (APS., i, p. 197). Waulter of Kvlle coming to the Scots hostages in England had a safe conduct in 1424 (Bain, rv, 961). David Celle was nineteenth abbot of Cambuskenneth, 1445-63. William Kelle held land in Kyntor, Aberdeenshire, 1498 (REA., i, p. 340), and James Kelle was notary public in diocese of St. Andrew, 1526 (CMN., 36). (2) A family named Kelle, long resident at Dunbar, apparently derived their name from an old spelling of KELLO, q.v., which hardened into a separate surname. Cudbert Kelle was tenant of Eistbamis of Dunbar, 1559 (ER., xix, p. 401), and rendered to Exchequer the accounts of the burgh of Dunbar, 1563 (ibid., p. 223). In 1590 Alexander Kellie was bailie of Dunbar (RFC., rv, p. 481). Captain John Kellie was retoured heir in certain lands in Berwickshire, 1659 (Retours, Berwick, 310), and Nicol Kellie was burgess of Dunbar, 1688 (RPC., 3. ser. xn, p. 253). (3) Convallus de Kelle, who witnessed an instrument of sasine of the lands of Memys and Netherpollok, 1454 (Pdttok, i, p. 176), most probably derived his name from the lands of Kelly in the parish of Innerkip, Renfrewshire (mentioned in the reign of James in). (4) A surname found in Galloway. For origin see under MACKELLY. "(The surnames of Scotland. George Fraser Black, 1866-1948)


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