Abby McConnell meets Sir Billy Connolly

Meeting Abby was a privilege says Sir Billy

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Meeting Abby was a privilege says Sir Billy Connolly.

2018 was a year to remember for seven-year-old Abby McConnell from Mount Florida in Glasgow. When Abby's year of raising funds and awareness came to the attention of the man who inspired her - Sir Billy Connolly – he asked her to come along for a chat when he was in Glasgow in November.

Abby had been so inspired by her class project on Billy, where she learned about his Parkinson's, that she started raising funds for the charity. She set herself the target of £50 and so far has collected more than £1,200.

Abby has raised the funds by taking part in walks in Glasgow and Edinburgh and by holding events at her school – Mount Florida Primary. She has become an ambassador for the charity and her highlight before meeting the man himself was joining in an exercise class for people with Parkinson's in Rutherglen. We'd thanked Abby for her hard work by presenting her with a framed print of artist Craig Campbell's portrait of Sir Billy.

Billy Connolly was in Glasgow to launch his latest art exhibition at the Castle Fine Art Gallery when he met up with Abby.

Billy said: "For Abby to show caring for Parkinson's at her tender age shows kindness beyond belief. Meeting her was a privilege."

Abby said: "I can't believe I got to meet my hero. Billy was so nice, we had a great chat and he even gave me a kiss and one of his drawings! I want to keep doing everything I can to help him and other people with Parkinson's."

Abby's Mum Karen said: "There isn't a day where Abby doesn't talk about Billy and with his portrait taking pride of place in our living room he is always with us. Meeting Billy was wonderful, he spent ages chatting with Abby and she'll remember that day forever. The whole family is now involved in raising funds for the charity and we're looking forward to a busy 2019."