A Fraserbugh youngster has organised a charity raffle for his “special little brother”.
Seven-year-old Connor Easdale hopes to lift the spirits of other children during lockdown by raffling a toy dinosaur for two charities that mean so much to his family.
The lucky square draw will be held online to raise money for the charity Children’s Hospices Across Scotland (Chas), which cares for his little brother Jayden, and the Stanley Beau Foundation, which was set up in memory of his brothers’ friend, who died last year.
The Chas at Home team and Rachel House in Kinross support four-year-old Jayden who has the rare genetic disease Tay Sachs.
His older brother is now trying to find new owners for Chas, the purple Build-A-Bear toy.
Connor said: “I decided to do this as I thought it would be a fun way to give something back to Chas for helping to look after my little brother and also help the charity set up in memory of Stanley who was a good friend of Jayden’s.”
Jayden is shielding at home with brother Connor, sister Kaitlin, 20, and his mum and dad, Lynn and Brian.
Mrs Easdale added: “The idea came about as Connor wanted to help another little boy or girl smile during these hard times while we are all in lockdown and also help raise money for two charities close to all our hearts.
“Connor is one special brother who goes above and beyond for Jayden – they are so close and I am so proud of him for arranging this wee dino raffle.
“There are 400 squares costing just £2 each and we have 231 left so hopefully more people will come forward soon to buy some.”
Squares for draw can be purchased on the Jayden’s Journey Facebook page.
The dinosaur prize has its own beating heart and wears a funky dino t-shirt and also comes with a birth certificate and dinosaur book.
Chas community fundraiser, Emma Moore, said: “We are so grateful to Connor and the Easdale family for helping to raise money for Chas through this toy dinosaur raffle.
“With so many of our events being cancelled or postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic we are relying on our supporters to come up with creative ways such as this to fundraise virtually.
“All contributions at this hugely challenging time go a long way towards enabling us to continue our work to help keep the joy alive for children with life shortening illnesses and their families across Scotland.”