The hoopiest birthday of them all for Shaun

10th November 2021

PROCAST have made sure that a little boy who has an extremely rare chromosome disorder has had a birthday to remember by donating basketball equipment to his Cub Scout group.

Shaun Ramsay, who turned 10 this week, couldn’t wait to try out the hoops that were installed in his local Scout hall in Johnstone, Renfrewshire, not far from his home in Elderslie.

And there to help him enjoy his big day were Procast’s Operations Manager Barry Chisholm, Area Manager Ryan Crawford and Support Services Manager Kirstie Adams.

They pulled out all the stops for Shaun and his Cub pals after forming a bond with the little boy while renovation works were being carried out in the area where he lives.

Shaun, who suffers from trisomy 8 mosaicism – which is a condition that affects human chromosomes and means his development is delayed – was panicked by the sound of trucks, together with their flashing lights and warning sirens.

This was because they reminded him of the occasion when his mum Anne was rushed to hospital after suffering an epileptic seizure at their home in December, 2020.

Shaun, who was unable to wake her, called 999 and followed the instructions of paramedics before letting them into the family home – actions which later earned him the Scouting Association’s highly prestigious Meritorious Conduct Award and a commendation by the Scottish Ambulance Service.

The Procast team heard of Shaun’s plight and took him under their wing, buying him some toys and spending time with him, explaining the works and telling him what was going to happen.

Anne said: “I am so grateful to the Procast guys for their generosity and thoughtfulness.

“Shaun absolutely loves the Cubs, and the fact that he can enjoy the basketball kit together with his friends is a bonus.

“Ever since Procast came into the area where we live, they have demonstrated a commitment to the local community, and I cannot thank them enough for that.”

Kirstie said: “We always try to place the communities in which we wok front and centre.

“And we just could not resist the chance to help out Shaun and his family, who have been a joy to be with.”

Cub Scout leader Ross McMillan added: “The kids are going to love the basketball kit – and I’m sure they will be thanking Shaun for making friends with the guys at Procast.”

 

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