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25th March 2013


The Marten's Progress Team are pleased to announce that the Cabaret / Ceilidh on Saturday 23rd March was a great success. Organised by Elaine Robertson and Sandy Pratt the event attracted a long list of sponsors large and small. Our special thanks go to the sensationalChristine Sparks and her husband John for an inspiring and varied repetoire which kept the audience spell bound. A huge thank you also to the Jimmy Blair Accordion Orchestra who got the audience to their feet Stripping the Willow and dancing the Dashing White Sergeant. Both these acts played absolutely free of charge. Kilbarchan Bowling Club also deserve a big vote of thanks for providing the venue and the staff at absolutely no charge to Marten's Fund. Thanks to all you guys - your efforts are really appreciated!

There's loads of other organisations and individuals who also deserve our gratitude, including: Glasgow Celtic Football Club; Glasgow Rangers Football Club, St Mirren Football Club; DHL Carriers; Marks & Spencers (Braehead); Glynnhill Hotel (Paisley); E. Eilliams Butchers (Kilbarchan): Hannah's Sweets (Johnstone), and so many, many more that they're too numerous to mention.

A fantastic night was had by one and all. Sandy excelled himself as MC (falling in love with the microphone more than once) and even produced this bucket with Marten as "Oor Willie" for his very own version of the Heads or Tails game. Our thanks also to Christine McNab, eventual winner of the Heads or Tails game who kindly donated all her winnings back into Marten's Fund. A quick mention to, to all the bowlers in the bar who not only bought all our remaining raffle tickets, but when we ran out of tickets to sell gave us one of their raffle books and proceeded to buy those tickets as well!

The warmth and enjoyment inside the hall was in sharp contrast to the heavy snow falls and bitter winds outside which prevented a number of others from attending. Despite the bad weather and because of the generosity of all concerned an astonishing £1,061.00 was made for the Marten's Progress Fund with donations still coming in.


The Marten's Progress Team would like to publicly thank the Upperward of Lanarkshire Canine Society for their extremely kind donation of £1,000.00 to the Marten's Progress Fund. The donation, made last month, is our single biggest donation to date and is greatly appreciated. Every penny donated to Marten's Progress has gone to help pay for Marten's continuing ABR therapy for his cerebral palsy. Recently, it has also helped to pay the initial costs of bringing the ABR treatment to Scotland (see below) which has made the ABR therapy available to a much wider group of people AND brought the annual cost down substantially.

Other contributors this month include: Lewis & Beth Macdonald; Gordon and May Howie; Cllrs Andy & Audrey Doig, Howwood Parish Church and Mrs A Ross (Howwood). A big thank you to all - please read on to see what your donations are helping to pay for.


Marten's Progress are also delighted to report that the four day event from Friday 8th March to Monday 11th March 2013 at Kilbarchan Guide Centre - which saw the introduction of ABR to Scotland - went like a dream.  A total of 10 new children where assessed by Europe's leading ABR practitioner Krista Bynens and a total of 10 children started ABR (9 of them cerebral palsy sufferers) that weekend.

The four day event started with a well attended Public Information evening on the Friday night and and was followed by two very long days of individual child assessments. Ten sets of parents and helpers were trained in the most basic ABR moves which allowed them to go home and start helping their children immediately!

Marten also allowed a number of visitors to sit in on his ongoing training sessions with his mum and dad. We were happy to receive representatives from Bobath Scotland plus individual physiotherapists and a chiropractor who were all interested in learning about this amazing treatment.

The next training sessions for parents will be between Friday 28th June and Sunday 30th June 2013 (parents will be individually contacted). Once again we have been able to secure the assessment services of Krista Bynens meaning that we can start another 6 children at that time! 

Just another example of how all your contributions keep on giving and giving.

For more information on ABR and how to start goto www.abrscotland,com There's also a confidential and free information and advice service.


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.


Little Holly Watt is 5 years old and lives in Greenock, Scotland. Holly has severe cerebral palsy with severe dystonic movement which means she cannot control the movement in her arms and legs, or even hold her own head up. Handling a child with this type of cerebral palsy is a particularly difficult job which her mother Margaret does so well without a word of complaint.

Holly started ABR with us in March - but her parents urgently need financial support to help pay for her treatment. Dealing with Holly 24 hours a day, 7 days a week is a demanding job, meaning that Holly's parents get very little time to even think far less start organising fund-raising events.

Please take a look at Holly's Page on the ABR Scotland website. It gives you details about Holly, the problems she faces, and details about her condition and what can be done about it. Remember, there is NO public funding for these children in this country today - every penny has to be raised privately - so if you can make a contribution please do so using the "Donate" button on her page.

If you want to get involved in Holly's Fun Run on Sunday 7th April, Battery Park, Greenock then please click on this link to go through to her Fun Run page.

Thank you for Helping Holly - your support for our cerebral palsy children is greatly appreciated!