A passionate Kirkcaldy campaigner who has successfully fought to double the number of specialist Motor Neurone Disease nurses in Scotland has been honoured by the Prime Minister.
Gordon Aikman (29) has been named as a recipient of a Point of Light award, which recognises outstanding individuals who are making a change in their community and inspiring others.
Each day, someone in the country is selected to receive the accolade to celebrate their remarkable achievements.
The former Kirkcaldy High pupil was diagnosed with MND last May and, since then, he has been determined to use the time he has left to improve conditions for MND sufferers across Scotland.
He has launched a fightback campaign which has five main aims – to pay MND nurses with public money, to double the number of specialist nurses, to double funding into research, to fast-track benefits and to outlaw care changes.
Thanks to the support of thousands of campaigners who have backed ‘Gordon’s Fightback’, Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon agreed in January to put in place the first two aims of his campaign.
In less than a year, Gordon has raised over £220,000 for MND research.
He has also become a trustee for MND Scotland.
Gordon is the 247th winner of the new Points of Light award which has been developed in partnership with the successful Points of Light programme in the USA, established by President George H. W. Bush.
David Cameron, Prime Minister, said: “Less than a year since his diagnosis, I am overwhelmed by the astonishing work that Gordon has undertaken, raising such a huge amount of money and successfully campaigning for a better quality of life for people living with MND over the course of a few months.”
Gordon, who was honoured at a reception in Downing Street hosted by the Prime Minister’s wife last November, said: “I am absolutely thrilled. This award is testament to the hard work and generosity of the thousands of people who have got behind Gordon’s Fightback.
‘‘I am truly humbled by the support I’ve received.”