Wedding bells for MND campaigner

Gordon Aikman and Joe Pike
Gordon Aikman and Joe Pike
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A young fundraising hero who could have just months to live has tied the knot with his partner in a poignant ceremony.

Gordon Aikman, who turns 30 tomorrow (April 2), married political reporter Joe Pike in the Assembly Rooms in Edinburgh.

Gordon, a former head boy of Kirkcaldy High School, was given the devastating news last summer that he had motor neurone disease, a degenerative neurological condition that can prove fatal within 14 months.

But despite having what he describes as a ‘death sentence’ hanging over him, he has thrown himself into fundraising for MND research and recently topped £250,000.

He’s also set up a website, gordonfightback.com, on which he’s set out a five-point agenda for improving the care of MND patients in Scotland.

Thanks to his campaigning, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon pledged to double the number of specalist MND nurses and to pay for the vital service they provide through the NHS rather than through charitable donations.

Ms Sturgeon was among the well-wishers who sent messages of congratulations to Gordon and Joe, and the wedding was attended by a number of prominent politicians.

Deacon Blue frontman Ricky Ross also performed at the ceremony.