Spooky sleepover to help ill children

Erin and Ellie Meighan in Lapland on a trip courtesy of a children's charity
Erin and Ellie Meighan in Lapland on a trip courtesy of a children's charity

Two caring sisters will be scaring themselves stiff by spending the night in a haunted close to raise cash for a cause close to their hearts.

Siblings Kelly Meighan (30), from Rossie Island, and Amanda Barnett (25), from Lunan, will be taking part in the first Spookathon Charity Sleepover on Saturday (November 2) at The Real Mary King’s Close, beneath Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, to raise cash for ‘When You Wish Upon A Star’.

Mrs Meighan’s daughter, Erin (6), who suffers from severe asthma, was lucky enough to be chosen to go on a trip to Lapland to meet Santa with her mum and older sister, Ellie (8), last year, thanks to the charity.

This year, Erin’s mum and auntie are trying to raise funds for other sick children to go on the special visit to Lapland.

Mrs Meighan, of Rossie Woods, said: “We all had an amazing time. We cannot thank the charity enough.

“Erin spends quite a lot of time in hospital and there are lots of children that spend their time in hospital that deserve a treat.

“Without a charity like ‘When You Wish Upon A Star’ then they would not be able to go on these trips.”

The sisters hope to raise at least £1,000 from the spooky sleepover. Mrs Meighan, a former hairdresser, added: “It would be nice to cover the cost of one child to go to Lapland.”

The siblings will be given a guided tour of The Real Mary King’s Close - a warren of underground streets and spaces, which is said to be haunted by plague victims and other ghostly activity. It is named after a prominent businesswoman from 1630.

Mrs Meighan said: “I’m a bit nervous, but my sister is really scared. She’s the youngest of three sisters in our family and gets scared easily.”

For more information, visit www.justgiving.com/Kelly-and-Amanda. There is also a donation form in the Review office.