Causes

We have donated to the following causes:

Before the party started at The Grand Boys Shop on the 3rd December 2011. £6,000 was handed over that day. Over £400,000 has been given to various charities and worthy causes since The Grand Boys formed in December 1990.

PHENYLKETONURIA (PKU) RESEARCH YORKHILL HOSPITAL

PKU is a genetic disorder which affects 1 in every 10,000 babies born in the UK each year. Treatment consists of a strict low protein diet and daily medication, controlled by regular blood samples sent to hospitals for analysis. Before dietary management, children born with PKU became severely mentally handicapped. The future of PKU Research at Yorkhill is uncertain at present, so most funds raised will go to other charities this year. View website

FORTH VALLEY DISABILITY SPORTS

This is dedicated to providing sporting opportunities for people with disabilities throughout the Forth Valley area. As a charitable organisation FVDS look to seek funding to allow athletes to compete at a local, national and even international, including the Special Olympics. view website

STRATHCARRON HOSPICE

Strathcarron are committed to the provision of specialist palliative care to patients with active progressive illness and the support of their families. Care is provided free and referrals to the hospice come from general practitioners and hospital consultants in Forth Valley, Cumbernauld and Kilsyth.View Website

CHAS

BREAST CANCER CARE

MS SOCIETY SCOTLAND

METABOLIC ACTIVITIES FUND YORKHILL HOSPITAL

SCHIEHELION WARD YORKHILL HOSPITAL

CISTIC FIBROSIS WARD YORKHILL HOSPITAL

WARD A31 FVRH

ST. MARY’S PRIMARY SCHOOL, BANNOCKBURN

BANNOCKBURN PRIMARY SCHOOL

SSC (www.thessc.org)

SSC allows young people who would not otherwise be able to enjoy a holiday to attend events which provide the opportunity to meet new friends, enjoy the outdoor life and have fun in an atmosphere of trust and tolerance.View Website

TROSSACHS SEARCH AND RESCUE TEAM (www.trossachssar.ik.com)

TSART provide assistance to persons who become lost and to persons and animals in distress or injured. This is achieved though the provision of a voluntary search and rescue service staffed by 24 members and 5 search dogs. One of the teams dogs, Meg, was named the “Bravest dog in Britain” when she won the Animal Health Trust Bravery Award. They also promote outdoor safety training to the public and provide first aid training. The service receives no government funding and funded entirely through charity contributions. However, the amounts raised has decreased over recent years, as the charity find they can’t compete against big charities.View Website

DOWN’S SYNDROME (SCOTLAND)

DSScotland are running an Adult Participation project where the objective is to help adults with Down’s Syndrome (DS) develop new skills and to increase their self-confidence. Part of this project is the production by the participants themselves of “Speak Up”, a magazine aimed at their own peer group. The magazine is produced twice per year and is supported by roadshows in Aberdeen, Perth, Glasgow and Inverness which invite people along with DS in the respective area. Current funding is almost exhausted for this project and The Grand Boys hope to aid the association in continuing this important area of work.
What is PKU?

Phenylketonuria is a very rare genetic disorder which affects 1 in every 10,000 babies born in the UK each year. Treatment consists of a strict low protein diet and daily medication, controlled by regular blood samples sent to the hospital for analysis. This diet prevents the eating of normal foods that are high in protein, ie. meat, fish, poultry, eggs, cheese, bread, milk, etc. These foods must be replaced with low protein foods prescribed by the doctor. Before dietary management, children born with PKU became severely mentally handicapped.

Research is currently being carried out in Scotland based at Yorkhill Hospital, Glasgow, Scotland. Over the past few years major progress has been made in understanding more about PKU and the improvement of diet.More information is available at the UK Charity NSPKU web site.or The National PKU News in the USA

Send mail to John Griffin at grandboys@hotmail.co.uk with questions or comments about this web site.