Two Kirkcaldy sisters are stepping out along Fife’s coastal path this weekend to help support a young man’s campaign to fund a cure for Motor Neurone Disease (MND).
Claire and Louise Wallace, who live in the town’s Dunearn Drive, are doing a sponsored walk from Kirkcaldy to Leven on Saturday afternoon in aid of the charity, MND Scotland.
Claire (17) and Louise (16) are family friends of Gordon Aikman, the director of research at Better Together, who recently revealed he has been diagnosed with MND.
The 29-year-old Kirkcaldy man’s story has inspired people to raise more than £41,000 for the charity which supports those affected by the condition.
So far the girls have raised £500 and mum Linda said their school, Kirkcaldy High (where Gordon Aikman was head boy), has been very supportive of their fundraiser.
Linda told The Press: “When we first heard about Gordon, Claire came in and made up the sponsor sheet straight away because she wanted to do something to help raise money for MND Scotland.
“Claire and Louise are doing the walk with a few school friends as well as myself and my sister.
“We have known Gordon for years and can’t believe this is happening to him because he seems so fit and healthy. We want to try and do as much as we can to support him.”
Gordon said: “I’ve known these Kirkcaldy girls for years and I am so touched they are spending their time - and more importantly energy - to raise money for such a vital cause. Fingers crossed the girls get some decent weather!”
Meanwhile, some of the UK’s best comedy names backed Gordon’s campaign by taking part in a fundraising stand-up comedy night in Edinburgh on Tuesday to fund a cure for Motor Neurone Disease. It is understood the event has raised more than £7000.
The show, ‘Stand Up Against MND’, was held at the Leith Dockers Club. It featured star of BBC’s ‘Grumpy Old Men’ and Radio 4 regular, Arthur Smith; Sara Pascoe (Live at the Apollo, Never Mind the Buzzcocks, Mock the Week) and Fringe festival favourite Patrick Monahan (winner of ITV’s Show Me the Funny 2011).
Gordon added: “It might be too late for me, but every penny raised takes us closer to finding a cure for Motor Neurone Disease.”