Dundee schoolboy Matthew hopes to spread Christmas cheer for Ninewells kids

Morgan Academy pupil Matthew Craig, who’s doing a sponsored cycle to raise money for kids who have to spend Christmas at Ninewells Hospital.

A Dundee schoolboy has organised a fundraising campaign in a bid to bring smiles to kids in hospital over Christmas.

Big-hearted Matthew Craig, 13, has already raised hundreds of pounds to put towards gifts and selection boxes for children who will be spending Christmas at Ninewells Hospital.

The Morgan Academy pupil, from Maryfield, was inspired to give something back after spending periods in hospital to receive treatment for Henoch-Schonlein purpur (HSP), a rare blood condition, which causes blood vessels to become inflamed and results in a rash, and joint pain.

Although he’s spent considerable time out of school recovering, Matthew is now gearing up for a sponsored cycle over the Tay Road Bridge on Sunday.

Matthew said: “I spent some time in hospital before and I just didn’t want the kids to feel depressed around that time. Hopefully it’ll be able to make them feel good.

“I like cycling and it’s something I wanted to do for a while.

“I’ve really happy with what I’ve done already and I might even do a bigger one in Dundee afterwards.”

Matthew’s already managed to raise £340 and wants to raise even more.

Mum Stephanie Craig told the Tele: “He just came to me one day and asked if he could do a sponsored cycle for the kids there. He was in hospital himself before for his HSP.

“He’s such a thoughtful wee thing. “He said it was a sad time for the kids in hospital and he wanted to do something for them.

“The staff were great when he was in. It’s taken him a good wee while to recover because he had such sore joints and a bad rash. It’s only recently he has been going into school for full days.”

She added: “We’ve not been doing it online. He has just been going round door to door.”