|Andrew's prom picture|
Andrew was a wee fighter from day one. Born at 26 weeks in a dramatic emergency caesarean, he then spent his first three months in the hospital being fed via a tube. However, he couldn't wait to get home with his mummy and daddy and it wasn't long before he started drinking his milk. This led to his mum advocating letting him chew his food, despite the advice of health professionals who wanted to keep using the tube.
At age three Andrew enrolled in the nursery class at Stanmore House School, a place where he would remain for the next sixteen years and which we believe helped mould him into the remarkably gifted child he became. His local authority wanted him to enrol in the local special needs school, but this didn't offer the specialist one-on-one input that Stanmore could provide. This also entailed a move from Cumbernauld near Glasgow to the Lanarkshire countryside.
|School picture aged 6|
All in all, Andrew was an incredibly hardworking young man who did not let anything hold him back and there is no doubt that had he completed his college course, he would have been equipped with a set of skills that would have let him enter the workplace in an area like film editing, his chosen field of study at Beaumont.
|Andrew with his baby sisters - Eve (top), |
Hannah (left), Emma (right)
Andrew's legacy, that you can do anything you want to do despite apparent limitations, is a powerful message that deserves to be heard far and wide. We have already used some of the money we raised to help other worthy local causes, such as a young boy with autism who has had a sensory room built where he can relax when things get too much.
We love you Andrew - here are some more fantastic pictures. Andrew loved the camera, and never took a bad photo!
|Andrew with his Mummy at Centreparcs, summer 2010|
|In Friends of Andrew McNaughton t-shirts|
|With baby brother Cameron, 2009|
|As a scary surgeon at Halloween!|
|On a speedboat at Strathclyde Park, summer 2009|
|Andrew after his operation - diplomatically |
supporting both Celtic and Rangers!