ROSYTH pulled out all the stops – and a few pairs of heels for the boys – to raise £1,500 in memory of a brave wee boy who lost his life to leukaemia.

Staff and customers from The Gothenburg Hotel took part in a cross-dressing football match on Sunday in aid of Pamela Laidlaw’s charity ‘Whispers and Light’.

Her three-year-old son Kai died from leukaemia in 2016 after a brave battle and she’s now set up a charity to help families with children who have terminal cancer.

Pamela, 41, from Rosyth added: “It was an amazing day, and everyone embraced it – I think some more than others! Everyone in Rosyth really embraced Kai and now the charity, it’s all so emotional!

"I am very proud of them all, not just for raising money but also raising awareness of childhood cancer."

Close friend Brenda Stewart organised the match and was over the moon when the girls beat the boys 10-7!

The Gothenburg bar manager said: “I’ve never laughed so much! It was a great day and the guys stayed in their outfits all day.

“My body never ached so much the next day though! Some of the men got waxed too and our boss put on a wee buffet for everyone. I put it together a few weeks ago. I think about Kai all the time and the Rosyth community are fantastic at raising funds for charity.”

Pamela said: "Brenda is such a champion. I met her when I worked at The Goth through uni, so it makes it more special.”

As if losing a child wasn’t difficult enough, the family have had other obstacles to overcome, with Kai’s dad Calvin’s diagnosis of progressive multiple sclerosis (MS).

With some recent scares with his health, the couple decided to bring their wedding forward and married on July 29, after 16 years together. And she said Kai was right beside them the whole day (picture below).

Pamela added: “We organised it all in four weeks, so we’ve had a busy time. We were going to originally get married next year but Calvin’s health has deteriorated quite a bit, in fact we thought we might have lost him last Christmas.

“Kai was very much part of the day. He loved dinosaurs so we had them dotted about the place and different references to him. We also had his photo blown up on a canvas. It was a very emotional day.

“Calvin put his health on the back burner for Kai and he was always there for him. He was a fantastic father and I think Kai definitely got his strength from him. We in turn have got our strength from everyone else.”

Kai’s family have thanked Rosyth for the way they have rallied around and Pamela said: “I am always blown away by the kindness and support from everyone in West Fife, it’s just priceless.

"Going forward this money will help other families and children in the future who may have not had the same support we received.

“We were lucky to have great friends around and we want to give something back to people who are going through the same thing."

To find out more about Pamela’s charity visit