Kilmarnock Storm forward Ross Andreucci has organised a special charity match in aid of the hospital which helped save his daughter’s life after she was born prematurely.
Millie Andreucci was born on 25th January but weighed only 20 ounces after arriving 14 weeks early and her parents feared the worst.
“She was absolutely tiny when she was born – she fitted into the palm of my hand, but she’s a real fighter and with Crosshouse Hospital’s Neonatal Unit providing 24-hour round-the-clock care for a number of months, she pulled round,” said Andreucci (above).
“It was four and a half months before we got her home, during which time she spend three weeks in a Glasgow neonatal unit, as it took a while before she was pronounced fit enough to join the rest of her family, but it was well worth the wait after all the trials and tribulations of the previous few months.
“She’s now a fighting 11 pounds 11 ounces and you wouldn’t know from looking at her how much she’s already been through in her short life. We’re so proud of her and just so delighted that she’s home and with us now.
“I spoke to a few teammates who play with me at Kilmarnock, guys like former Paisley players Kris Underwood and Scott Blackwell, and even talked Graeme Lester, a big favourite with the Pirates in his heyday, out of retirement to play, but I’ve had support from all over.
“Cold Blooded Sports have donated items to the event, and all the jerseys will bear the name ‘Millie’s Miracles’.
“We’ve got a few other fundraising projects on during the match like a prize auction and an open skating session between 3.15pm and 4.00pm, and all the money raised will go to the Neonatal Unit at Crosshouse.
“So many people have come forward and offered their services free of charge – it’s heartwarming to see how folk have rallied round to support this event.
“I’m hoping we’ll get a healthy turnout of fans for the game, as every admission means more vital funds will be raised for an absolutely vital service which, as we know only too well, literally saves lives.”
The game takes place at the Ayr Ice Rink on Saturday, 12th November (5.00pm).
(Image permission: Al Goold Photo)