The wife of an ‘inspirational’ Cupar man who lost his brave battle with a brain tumour earlier this year, said she is delighted Cupar Children’s Gala is to establish a trophy in his memory.
Lesley Duncan’ s husband Derrick (36) died in January after fighting terminal cancer for four years.
Derrick was diagnosed when Lesley was six months pregnant with their daughter Anna, but he put off risky brain surgery so he could see his baby being born.
Determined to be a ‘normal’ dad despite undergoing gruelling radiotherapy and chemotherapy, Derrick made the most of the time he had with his family and described being at home with Lesley and Anna as being ‘the best medicine’.
In 2010 Derrick and Lesley launched a campaign to raise funds to install a wetroom and buy syringe drivers for ward 32 at Ninewells Hospital in Dundee where Derrick received much of his treatment.
A large part of the fund-raising involved three friends including John Grant of Spokes cycle shops, undertake a 450-mile cycle round all 12 Scottish Premier League club grounds in just three days.
The campaign, which also included a car boot sale, resulted in the couple raising an amazing £24,645 for the hospital.
It is Derrick’s courage which led to Cupar Children’s Gala committee deciding to institute a trophy in his memory.
The trophy will be presented to the winner of the ‘dad’s race’, an event Lesley said Derrick would have had no hesitation in getting involved in!
Expressing her delight at news of the award, she said: ”It’s great that the committee thought of our family and really shows the true spirit of Cupar community!
“It’s a lovely idea and myself and Anna will be proud to present the trophy to the winning dad.
“I know if Derrick were alive he’d be at the gala, as Anna, his “wee princess”, dances, and he would definitely be running in the dad’s race.
“This is a very fitting tribute in his memory; he was a real inspiration.”
Ali Rankin, joint chairperson of Cupar Children’s Gala, said the committee were in complete agreement that Derrick’s cheerful personality and bravery should be remembered.
“We wanted to do something which would recognise just how highly thought of Derrick was in the Cupar community and to show our support for Lesley and Anna at what must still be a very difficult time.” she said.