A Fife man is ploughing his energy into raising vital funds for motor neurone disease research after his wife died of the illness.
Craig Allan, from Kinglassie, has raised more than £4,500 to support MND Scotland in the three years since mother-of-two Kerryann was diagnosed at the age of 46.
He is now preparing to join 10,000 other runners to take on the first ever London Landmarks half marathon to boost his total.
Kerryann was told she had the rapidly progressing, terminal illness in June 2014, news which turned the life of her family upside down.
Backed by his children Ashley, 30, and 26-year-old Michael, as well as grandchildren Jacob, three, and Jessica, 18-months, Craig decided to throw himself into a raft of challenges to help raise the profile of MND and fund research into care.
The 48-year-old, who works as a service technician with oil and gas company Oceaneering, has conquered five half marathons, a zip slide, Tough Mudder and a charity football match, all with close family friend Steven Murray by his side.
He had planned to take on the MND Scotland skydive at Errol Airfield in June, but withdrew when Kerryann tragically passed away.
MND stops signals from the brain reaching the muscles, which can cause someone to lose the ability to walk, talk, eat, drink or breathe unaided.
Craig said: “Kerryann had an aggressive form of MND which took her speech away from her quickly.
“She was very brave throughout her illness.
“I left work in August 2016 to care for Kerryann at home. This was an extremely difficult time for all the family.”
He added: “I pulled out of doing the skydive because Kerryann wanted to be there to see me jump.
“I was just too upset and emotional to do this after she passed.”
Son Michael’s partner Kirsten stepped in at the last minute and did the jump in Craig’s place.
In March, he and Steven will tackle the 13-mile London Landmarks half marathon, which takes in Big Ben, St Paul’s Cathedral and the London Eye among many other sights.
Iain McWhirter, MND Scotland’s head of fundraising and volunteering, said: “It hasn’t been long since Craig and his family experienced a devastating loss so I would like to thank him for his continued strength in doing everything possible to fundraise for a cure.”
Anyone who would like to support his fundraising efforts can do so online at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/craig-allan15
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