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23rd February 2013


The Marten's Progress Team are holding a Cabaret / Ceilidh night on Saturday the 23rd March 2013 at Kilbarchan Bowling Club in Renfrewshire. The event, organised by Elaine Robertson and Sandy Pratt features Christine and John Sparks and the Jimmy Blair Accordion Orchestra.

Amazingly, all these artists and the Kilbarchan Bowling Club are offering their services free of charge because every penny is going to such a good cause. So our heart felt thanks for their generosity.

Tickets (£10) are available by phoning Sandy Pratt on 07768 913 048 or Bruce McFee on 07747 620 126. There's a full bar and there will be a buffet served part way through the evening. Why not organise a group of friends to come along and enjoy what promises to be a fatastic event. 

You can also book your tickets online using all major debit, credit cards or Paypal. Just select the number of tickets you want, then click on the "Buy Now" logo below and you'll be taken through to our automated Ticket Reservation Centre - SIMPLES!


Places are filling up fast for the introduction of ABR to Scotland. We kick off with a Public Information evening on Friday 8th March 2013, at the Guide Centre in Kilbarchan, Renfrewshire. The information evening is free of charge and is open to any interested party - however, if places become tight then preference will be given to the parents of children with cerebral palsy and other injuries which ABR helps.

Initially, we were only going to have a total of 10 child assessment and parental training sessions, however, ABR Scotland recently took the decision to bring another ABR trainer over from Belgium for the weekend (bringing the total to four) so that we could make more slots available and take on another couple of children. At the time of writing there are only two slots remaining and we expect these to be taken before the event even starts. So, if you've been following this strand and waiting to see what develops it's time to make your move.

For information on ABR go to For information on the event, how to get started, fees and fund-raising assistance click on this link.

ABR Scotland are also helping parents set up fund-raising and support groups. Part of that help involves setting up Children's Pages on the ABR Scotland website. At the time of writing this service is still under construction, but details of the pressures parents of cerebral palsy children face and how you can help and support them are constantly becoming available. You can now also choose to financially support an individual child by debit card, credit charge, cheque, standing order, bank transfer or Paypal. If your interested in helping or making a donation go to Help a Child.


The bag pack at Morrisons in Johnstone on 26th January raised an amazing £1,530 - in just 4 hours. Thanks are due to all involved in arranging the event, with particular thanks to all those who turned up on the day, manned the tills, handed out leaflets at the entrances and held buckets.

Many people were already aware of Marten and his struggle with cerebral palsy from the local newspapers and there was great interest in how he was doing. The leaflets in particular were very effective and our thanks go to George Kennedy (sponsor) and to Saltire Graphics (printers) for their kind donations. When you get pensioners coming up and putting £10 in your bucket you know you've struck the right note.

Our thanks also go to Morrisons in Johnstone for allowing us to collect in the first place - we couldn't have done it without you.