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Gordon Aikman, Samantha Cameron and Alastair Baillie, chairman of MND Scotland
Gordon Aikman, Samantha Cameron and Alastair Baillie, chairman of MND Scotland

A young Kirkcaldy man diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease (MND) has taken his fightback campaign to Downing Street.

Gordon Aikman highlighted his campaign to double the funding for research into the terminal illness at a special reception, hosted by Samantha Cameron, the Prime Minister’s wife, in London on Tuesday evening.

The event was held to celebrate the success of Gordon’s campaign and to raise awareness of MND.

Gordon was diagnosed with the rapidly progressing, terminal neurological disease in May at the age of just 29.

He was the director of research for the Better Together campaign and soon after his diagnosis he decided to use his skills and personal experience of the illness to launch ‘Gordon’s Fightback’.

As part of his campaign he set out a number of objectives which includes increasing the funding for MND research so a cure can be found.

Gordon is fundraising for MND Scotland - the only MND charity in Scotland to fund research and provide care. So far he has raised over £90,000 for the charity in just 18 weeks.

A wide range of celebrities and senior politicians from across the political reception attended the reception and heard the former Kirkcaldy head boy’s appeal.

It comes as ‘Gordon’s Fightback’ was nominated for a national newspaper’s public campaign of the year award earlier this week.

Gordon told the Press: “Not only have we taken our campaign to the top of government, we have secured support across the political spectrum.

“It’ll be too late for me, but we can - and we must - find a cure for future generations. If we are to be successful, that means investing in MND research like never before. I don’t want anybody to go through what I am.”

David Cameron, Prime Minister, said: “Gordon is an inspiration to us all. This is a worthy cause with a courageous champion.”

Craig Stockton, MND Scotland CEO, added: “Since his diagnosis, Gordon has worked tirelessly in raising awareness and funds.

“Gordon’s fightback campaign has already raised an amazing £90,000 which we will use to create a clinical fellowship in Scotland to research into MND.

“However, even more is needed if we are to make substantial progress in conquering this debilitating and fatal condition.”

He added: “This event takes Gordon’s fightback to the next level.”