A north-east woman whose father struggles with Parkinson’s is to take on a charity challenge in his honour.
Gillian Stevenson, from Rosehearty, near Fraserburgh, will join thousands of other generous fundraisers taking on this year’s Kiltwalk event.
The 32-year-old was inspired to take part by her father, Douglas Stevenson.
Douglas has been living with Parkinson’s for two years after being diagnosed at 59.
Gillian, a teacher at New Pitsligo Primary School, said: “My dad has been a pillar of strength for the family – always confident, hard working and the life and soul of any event.
“For the first few months after his diagnosis, the medication stabilised his symptoms and nothing really changed. However, over the past two years, dad’s symptoms have had an increased impact on him.
“It’s really tough to see him become frustrated at not being able to do some of the things that used to be second nature.”
Gillian will be taking part in the Big Stroll at the Aberdeen event on June 3 to raise funds for Parkinson’s UK.
She said: “Parkinson’s has an impact on the wider family too and we do as much as we can to help him maintain his old spark and confidence.
“Thankfully there’s been some fantastic support from the local Parkinson’s group in Fraserburgh for dad.
“Friends and family have rallied round and joined in fundraising for Parkinson’s UK and to raise awareness of the condition.”
“I’m taking on the challenge of the Aberdeen Kiltwalk to show solidarity with dad and to help raise money. There has to be a cure out there somewhere to help improve the quality of life for everyone living with the condition.
“I appreciate all the support I’ve had and I’d love it if others can join me – your support means more than words can say.”
Those wishing to donate to Gillian’s campaign, can do so online at bit.ly/2LfJIQq