Brain tumour survivor to walk the bridge

The walk will take place over the iconic Forth Road Bridge.
The walk will take place over the iconic Forth Road Bridge.

A KIRKCALDY man who has recently beat a brain tumour is looking to raise money and awareness for a leading charity.

Steven Ritchie (25), of Earn Road, and a group of his friends and family are planning on walking the Forth Road Bridge in fancy dress on June 23 in aid of Brain Tumour UK.

Steven Ritchie, Kirkcaldy

Steven Ritchie, Kirkcaldy

“I got diagnosed last year,” Steven told the Press.

“I had 30 10-minute sessions of radiotherapy at the Western General (Edinburgh) and I’ve beat the illness. The tumour is still there but it’s dormant.

“Now I want to raise awareness of the charity and what it does and how it helps people like myself.”

Steven, a father to Jack (21 months) and Shane (4), had been struggling with headaches for 18 months when he applied to join the army and an eye test found swelling at the back of his eyes.

From there he had CT scans and needed brain surgery in July to have ‘shunts’ put in to drain fluid from his brain.

An MRI scan then found the tumour and Steven had to undergo five sessions per week of radiotherapy from August to October last year.

“It was frightening the first couple of times,” Steven continued. “The smell was unbelievable - like bleach getting poured onto lava.

“There was always a worry in the back of my mind that it might not work but it seemed to have done its job.”

A special Facebook page for the walk has been set up at www.facebook.com/BrainTumourBridgeWalk and Steven is also asking if any company with a free minibus to transport walkers to and from the bridge could contact him.