Team Aidan are taking Big Steps for CHAS and Robin House

Team Aidan are ready to take Big Steps this Sunday in aid of Robin House.

Claire Moir, husband Paul, son Connor, 17, daughter Rebekah, 8 and a group of friends, have signed up for the Glasgow Kiltwalk to raise funds for the hospice that supported their son, Aidan.

The Moir family first visited Robin House after Aidan was diagnosed with late infantile Batten’s disease in 2007, when he was just five years old.

Claire and Paul were initially reluctant to take Aidan to a hospice, but after he became seriously ill in 2008, they had no choice.

Claire said: “I suppose we were too scared to go, we didn’t know what to expect.
“But in that first year Aidan lost everything – his eyesight, his ability to walk, talk and eat.

“Then in October 2008 he took seriously ill and was rushed to hospital. Our doctor told us it wasn’t looking good and said maybe it was time to go to the hospice.

“So we did.”

Although they had previously been so reluctant to go, Robin House blew away their expectations.

Claire said: “From the minute we walked through the door it was nothing like we expected.

“It was so bright and all the staff were so friendly, it was as if there had been a huge weight lifted off our shoulders.

“Other families were going through what we had been through.”

With the support of his family and the staff at Robin House, Aidan overcame this bout of illness and his family spent four more precious years with him.

During Aidan’s struggles, Robin House kept the family together.

Claire remembers: “We were back and forward, and must have been told six times ‘This is it’.

“But he battled back every time.

“Robin House allowed us to do things as a family we wouldn’t have been able to, we could make amazing memories.

“We thought we were going to a sad, dark place where people go to die, but it was the opposite.”

When Aidan’s health took a turn for the worse in 2012, Claire and Paul managed to get him to Robin House, where he passed away.

He was only 10 years old.

Claire said: “Robin House were with us every step of the way and they still are.

“Even though Aidan isn’t here I know I can pick the phone and they’re still there.”

Since Aidan passed away, his family have been working tirelessly to fundraise for Robin House.

For the past five years, Team Aidan have taken part in the Kiltwalk and have been roping more and more friends in to join them

“In 2013 we had 18 with us, but the following year Team Aidan had 60 in it!” says Claire.

So far this year, Team Aidan has 34 members.

And one special person is with every member all the way.

“We have Team Aidan t-shirts, so you always see that cheeky wee smile.

“And if I’m struggling to carry on the walk, I just think ‘you know what, he went through so much more than this’ and I finish it.” says Claire.

If you’re inspired by Team Aidan’s story and would like to walk for Robin House, CHAS (Children’s Hospice Association Scotland) have FREE places available for the Glasgow Kiltwalk.

CHAS has 75 free slots available for walkers.

Simply click here, register and enter the PIN code – CHAS2016 – in the registration form.

Please register as soon as possible as the code expires at 9AM ON WEDNESDAY APRIL 20TH.