A sponsored bump-a-thon for little Taylor Johnson has raised more than £700, taking the total raised so far for Taylor's Fight 4 Sight campaign well above the £7,000 mark.
Around 15 local ladies had their pregnancy bumps painted at Kidzeco on King Street by professional face painters. The group held a similar event last year for Taylor's cause, which raised almost £1,000.
Taylor's mum, Tia Aitken, told s1bathgate: "It went great. We've raised £700 so far but there are still people to hand in their sponsorship money so we're waiting to hear the final amount from Kidzeco
"It was all local people involved and it was even better than last year's bumpathon. All the bumps looked fantastic! My friend had a baby painted on her bump and I thought it looked amazing.
"It does seem a shame to wash it all off afterwards but the face paint cracks after a few hours anyway. It's still a great thing to do and it's nice to take a photo of it to keep. I got my bump painted last year when I was pregnant with my wee boy. When my wee boy's older I'll show him the photos and say, 'look that's you!'"
Anna Turnbull, project assistant at Kidzeco, told s1bathgate: "It was a good day. Everybody that came along got really involved. There were cupcakes and somebody brought along some of their home-baked cakes, which was really nice.
"We've got a big community room with a soft floor so lots of people brought their kids. It was all local face painters who painted the bumps - Painting by Lesley, Zoe's Face Painting and Balloons for any Event, Face painting by Catrina and Stina Sparkles Entertainment."
As s1bathgate reported previously, two-year-old Taylor was born with Septo Optic Dysplasia, a rare condition causing blindness. Taylor's only chance at sight is a £12,000 stem-cell treatment only available in China. As a result, parents Tia and Lloyd have been desperately trying to raise money so their little girl will one day be able to see.
Fundraising events in the community have so far included a sponsored wax-athon and a T in the Park-style fun day in Whitburn's Clachan Bar. There are also future events planned, such as a soul night on Friday, June 15 at Whitburn Juniors Social Club and a black and white-themed night at the Cairn Hotel on Friday, August 31.
Tia added: "We're very nearly at £8,000. Hopefully if my black and white night brings in about £2,000 and Sandy Jack's soul night brings in another £3,000, we'll be able to book Taylor's treatment. We'll then need to try and raise money to go out to China. It's taken a long time but it will be worth it."
To donate to Taylor’s Fight 4 Sight, click here.