Relatives of former Dundee and Arbroath FC star John McGlashan are to complete this weekend’s Kiltwalk in aid of Motor Neurone Disease Scotland.
John, who also managed Arbroath for four years, died at home on January 10, just six months after he had been diagnosed with motor neurone disease, a degenerative condition that affects nerves in the brain and spinal column.
He was only 50.
Since then, his family have been raising money for research into MND and will continue their efforts at this Sunday’s Kiltwalk in Dundee.
John’s widow Dawn said: “Although it’s too late for us we want to raise money to fund research into MND as well as help others affected by this cruel and devastating lines.
“It will be a bittersweet day but at least it’s something positive that may help others in the same unfortunate position as we found ourselves in.”
So far their online appeal for sponsorship has raised nearly £700 for MND Scotland.
The Kiltwalk is just the latest in a series of fundraising endeavours undertaken by the family,.
Dawn said: “My youngest sister Kimberly raised over £2,000 for MND Scotland doing a 10k in Glasgow in June.”
Joining Dawn on the 11km Big Stroll from Tayport will be her daughter Hollie, sisters Louise and Kimberly and a number of family friends.
On their fundraising webpage Dawn wrote: “As well as helping to fund vital research into finding a cure for this cruel and devastating disease MND Scotland also provide invaluable support to those affected by Motor Neurone Disease.
“John has been described as a ‘force of nature’. I’m sure anyone who knew him will agree! John lived his life with positivity, enthusiasm, fun and laughter.
“He was my husband, my best friend and my soulmate and I am truly broken hearted at losing him.”