LEGENDARY football icon Pat Stanton is urging county residents to donate to a fundraising campaign in aid of a charity which provided vital support to his daughter and her husband as they cared for their critically ill son.

Tranent toddler Oliver Porter, aged three, spent the first seven months of his life at the Sick Kids Hospital in Edinburgh after experiencing a number of health problems from birth. Within hours of being born, with his twin brother Luca, Oliver suffered a brain haemorrhage, and had to undergo emergency surgery at two weeks old following a build-up of cerebral fluid.

The experience placed considerable emotional and financial strain on his parents, Kirsty and Graeme, and the couple were supported by Child Brain Injury Trust (CBIT), which provided advice on financial assistance available to them and put them in touch with other families who had gone through similar traumas.

Read the full story in this week's Courier, out on Thursday.