A PRESTONPANS boy with a rare chromosome condition is now sleeping better at night after his family bought specialist equipment thanks to a donation from the charity his dad has previously fundraised for.

Murray Scott, 10, lives with broadcaster dad Mark, 51; mum Laura, 38, a supply classroom assistant at The Hub at Sanderson’s Wynd Primary School; and sister Sophie, seven, a pupil at Prestonpans Primary School.

Murray, who attends The Hub in Tranent, has a partially deleted chromosome which affects his development and brain.

The condition also affects Murray’s spine and hips; he is unable to walk or talk, is doubly incontinent and is tube fed.

Murray also has epilepsy and reduced vision, and for the first eight years of his life was unable to sleep through the night.

Mark said: “He was born with it – it’s a chromosome disorder which neither of us [mum and dad] carries.

“He would have been 14 months when we got the diagnosis – at that point he was one of 16 [sufferers] in the world.”

Murray is described by his family as a “really happy, content wee boy”, and “really good natured”. According to Sophie, he is “the best big brother”.

Despite Murray’s age, his parents said “his brain has probably developed to that of a one-year-old”, adding that he can’t pick things up and often does not know what to do with items he’s given.

It was Murray’s physiotherapist at The Hub who recommended a sleep system: a series of blocks that help support his position while he sleeps.

Murray had been sleeping with a large soft toy and pillow to prevent his leg getting stuck down the side of the bed.

The youngster cannot adjust himself when he changes position during the night, which has been causing more damage to his spine and hips.

It is hoped that the system, which can grow with him, will improve Murray’s posture and reduce the need for surgery later on.

Laura added: “It gives us a little bit of reassurance to know that he’s not doing any more damage in his bed.”

Mark and Laura applied for funding to help purchase the sleep system from Cash For Kids – a charity for which Mark fundraised during his time working at Radio Forth.

Mark said: “It is very difficult asking for charity help, especially when you’ve raised a lot of money for that charity, but, at the same time, the sleep system costs about £1,000.

“We are delighted with it, it’s a huge help and makes a big change.”

Victoria Hendry, charity manager at Cash For Kids, added: “We’re absolutely thrilled to see what a difference the bespoke sleep system has made to Murray’s quality of life.”

Donations to Cash For Kids can be made via cashforkids.uk.com/make-a-donation