Smiles all round as Fun Day raises £4,000

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Operation Smile Football Fun Day, organised by Inverurie youngster Sam Grant, has raised more than £4,000 for an operating table to help children across the world born with a cleft lip or palate.

As was previously reported in the Herald, Sam (9,) who was born with a cleft lip and palate, decided to help other children in the world who have no access to corrective surgery.

Following ten operations, during which Sam had shown great bravery, he decided that he felt fine and wouldn’t need anymore. Sam’s family decided to show him some pictures of other children from around the world who have not had the benefits of surgery through the NHS, from the “Operation Smile” charity website, and Sam was so moved by the work of the charity that the big-hearted youngster decided to try and raise £2,000 to sponsor an operating table.

And last weekend, despite less than perfect weather, the Operation Smile Football Fun Day took place at the Garioch Sports Centre playing fields with competitions for 
P4/5 and P6/7 pupils.

At the end of the day the total for Sam’s Operation Smile fundraiser was a whopping £4,213.36!

Sam, his friends and family were all absolutely delighted, saying: “Through sun and rain folks showed up to support Sam’s event, bottle stalls, burgers and beat the goalie among the stalls and entertainment on the day and a fantastic amount was raised! Thanks to all who came and all who helped to organise the day.”