Kirkcaldy man crosses finish line after four marathons for maternity ward nets £4000

A man from Kirkcaldy has raised £4000 for the maternity ward at the Victoria Hospital after completing four gruelling marathons.

Tuesday, 16th March 2021, 8:10 pm
Updated Thursday, 18th March 2021, 9:05 am

Brian Allan set up the fundraiser to raise money for the ward after his wife, Carla, went through four difficult pregnancies, with hospital staff saving her life on several occasions.

He had originally set his fundraising target at £500, but has netted a massive £4000 as people in Kirkcaldy rallied round to raise the cash for the dad’s fundraiser.

Brian finished the four marathon challenge dressed as Poppy the Troll after holding a raffle in the last week of his campaign to boost donations, with the winner, Kellyann Grubb from Valley Bakers, choosing his costume.

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Brian Allan with staff from the maternity ward.

Brian said: “In the end I managed to raise £4000 for the maternity ward, which will be used for equipment to help people like Carla.

"I’m glad it’s finished as I’m not built for running – I’ve lost over a stone in weight since I started the marathons!”

Brian adds that running around Kirkcaldy dressed as a Troll was a new experience for him.

"Kellyann chose the Poppy from Trolls costume for me to finish the challenge in,” he added.

"It was actually quite good running in the costume as kids were cheering and waving, and all of the cars that passed peeped their horns.

"I was a little bit early when I came to cross the finish line at the Vic, so I waited at the Co-op at the bottom of the hill and all of the kids who were playing there had a good laugh at me which was funny.

"It has been good to bring some smiles to peoples faces while raising money for such a good cause.”

Although Brian has had fun raising the cash for the maternity ward, he doubts if he will be taking up a similar challenge anytime soon.

"I don’t think I will be doing this again anytime soon,” he said. “I am feeling pretty proud of myself though as it was certainly a challenge – I think I’ll just stick to my boxing training from now on.”

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