Martin McLaughlin


SOFT UK provides information & support for those affected by trisomy 13 or trisomy 18, (Patau's and Edwards' syndromes), and related disorders. We help parents when they are given a prenatal diagnosis and after any decision they might make as to whether they choose to have a termination or decide to continue the pregnancy. We support those caring for a baby or child with these conditions, and families if a bereavement occurs. SOFT UK publishes booklets about these syndromes, and provides telephone support, links to others and shared experiences through newsletters and annual SOFT Days. We welcome enquiries from doctors, nursing staff and students. Visit our website for online information booklets, data about these conditions, photographs of babies and children, and our new SOFT Stars Remembrance page.
Cancer Support Scotland
Here to provide emotional and practical support - on a one-to-one basis and through community based groups - to anyone affected by cancer including family, friends and carers.
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Hi All,

I am planning on running the "Great Scottish Run" Half-Marathon in Glasgow on the 6th of October and I am hoping that you can help me to raise some donations for the following two charities in memory of both my brother Paul and baby Ben McLaughlin. :

  • Cancer Support Scotland

As Many of you know I recently lost my wee brother Paul Mclaughlin (14-09-72 - 31-07-13) to bowel and secondary liver cancer after a very short illness.  Paul was only 40 years old and will be very sadly missed by all his family and friends.

Paul received lots of help and support from the many doctors and nurses who worked with him in the last few months, in particular, I would like to express my family and I's gratitude to the McMillan nurses and especially all of the staff at the Argowan Hospice in Greenock for the succour, respect and dignity they were able to provide for Paul in his last few days.  I would therefore like to donate half the money raised to "Cancer Support Scotland" to aid them in providing support and assistance to other cancer sufferers and their families in Scotland.

I would also like to donate any remaining funds to "SOFT UK" who provided counseling and support to both my wife Claire and I and also the rest of our 5 kids when we lost our latest baby who was still-born at 38 weeks last year.  Unfortunately, Ben was diagnosed with Edwards syndrome - Trisomy 18 which is a chromosomal illness - at his 3 month scan and we had such a terrible time dealing with it during the many long weeks of Claires pregancy but we were hoping to at least see him for a little while.  Little Ben was just like all the other babies - who we now feel incredibly blessed that they are all healthy and fit - we have had when he was born, apart from that he obviously was never able to open his little eyes.

Here is a picture of wee Ben :

Baby Ben

many thanks in advance for any donations no matter how big or small.

Kindest regards,

Martin McLaughlin

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24.10.13 Just picked this up today Marty. I though you looked a bit tired at football last Saturday.... Both good causes..

09.10.13 Donation from Peter and Pauline McGraw

08.10.13 Well done Martin x

07.10.13 Hi Marty, I was out with Jake on Friday night ( he was back from Brazil for a couple of days) and he gave me money to sponsoring you. He also wanted to pass on his best wishes to you. cheers. Pete

05.10.13 Good luck !

04.10.13 Good luck.

02.10.13 Best of luck to you Martin! I think it's a wonderful thing you're doing!

02.10.13 All the best mate. Two great charities.

30.09.13 With your training regime Im sure you have a good chance of winning.......not! Best of luck anyway bruv. Maybe see you at the finish line or the closest bar.

26.09.13 Good luck Martin, hope the run goes well! Mark & Lou


23.09.13 Good luck, Martino!

23.09.13 Good luck Marty!

23.09.13 Good man and best of luck! I shall cheer you on from ****!

22.09.13 One step at a time !

20.09.13 All the best for Great Scottish Run on 6th October.

20.09.13 Good luck, great causes.

20.09.13 Martin, I wish you the very best of luck with your half-marathon. It's for 2 very worthy causes !

20.09.13 Hi Martin, Best of luck! James Oshawa, Canada

20.09.13 Good luck Marty

19.09.13 Martin & Claire ...for Ben and Paul... All our love Craig & Monica

18.09.13 Both worthy causes which we can relate to.

18.09.13 Good onya Martin!! I hope you've been training :-)

17.09.13 Good Luck Marty - running for good causes

17.09.13 Good luck. Paul would have had a good laugh at you!! Very worth while causes x


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