Workforce is pledged to fund Bailey’s care

Bailey Forrest
Bailey Forrest

Staff and employees at Caledonian Produce have launched a campaign to raise funds for a Bo’ness youngster who has a brain tumour.

Six year-old Bailey Forrest, a pupil at Grange Primary, developed the condition some 18 months ago.

Since then he has undergone numerous hospital visits and chemotherapy sessions but his condition thus far remains unchanged.

The aim of the appeal is to raise £100,000 to fund possible life-saving treatment for the youngster elsewhere in the world.

The cash may also be used to fund treats, such as special days out and once-in-a-lifetime holidays.

Bailey’s mum Karen and dad Richie still remain hopeful that they can find specialist treatment outwith the UK which can help their son.

Family friends, who are employed at Caledonian Produce, told fellow workers of Bailey’s plight leading to the company setting up a fundraising campaign.

Events have already kicked off with his school raising £400 from a ‘Go Red Day’, Bailey’s favourite colour.

Staff at Caledonian Produce also plan to stage a similar event this week and they have been in talks with the Fair committee to hold a bucket collection along the Fair Day procession route today (Friday).

The Carriden-based workforce also plan to stage further fundraising events throughout the year.

Scott McBride, head of operations for Caledonian Produce said: ‘‘We have been touched by young Bailey’s plight.

‘‘Many staff know the child and his family and we are keen to help out in any way possible to fund life-saving treatment.’’

As the Journal and Gazette yesterday (Thurday) went to press over £4459 had been raised.

Donations can be made at www.gofundme.com/TeamBailey5 or cheques made payable to Caledonian Produce, or cash can be handed into the company’s reception.