An Aberdeen Fleshers member is going the extra mile to raise vital funds for Scotland’s Health Charity, Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland (CHSS), a charity which needs to raise £8 million each year to fund its programme of support for people living with chest, heart and stroke illness. The charity provides care, information and support when it’s needed most – helping people to regain their independence. They also fund vital research into these illnesses and offer confidential advice and information.
Deacon Ian MacIntosh, who is from Torphins is taking part in this year’s Virgin London Marathon is already going all out with fundraising with an incredible £2,500 raised as a result of taking part in the Great Scottish Run Half Marathon, a fund raising event and from the generosity of Trinity Hall.
Ian presented Katie Forbes, the Fundraising Officer of Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland, with some recent funds raised within the Trades Hall and from external support.
Speaking of his motivation Ian said, “Over the years I have watched both my Granny Underwood and my wife Donna’s Granda Brown both fight and lose their battles. I am now watching my Dad as he slowly recovers from having a STROKE.”
London will be 4th charity Marathon for the 39 year old, having previously completed the Edinburgh, Loch Ness and Dublin versions in recent years for well-known charities.
Ian added “Running a Marathon is one of the most challenging, rewarding and fantastic experiences you will get and knowing I am raising funds for such a great cause will make it even more worthwhile. The event is very close to my heart and will be an emotional journey throughout the build-up and on the day itself.”
The CHSS Happy Feet team were at the Great Scottish Run in October to cheer on runners, including Ian. Shaun Germany, Fundraising External Events Officer at CHSS said: “I’d like to thank Ian very much for his all his hard work and commitment in raising £2,500 for CHSS so far. It was a great atmosphere at the run and wonderful to have the chance to support so many of our runners who all did an amazing job. Every penny raised has an impact in improving the lives of those living with chest, heart and stroke illness across Scotland. I’d like to express our sincere thanks to everyone who supported the effort and to assure them that their help and support is very much valued and appreciated and makes a genuine difference to those people who need CHSS support.”
Mr MacIntosh, is supported as always by wife Donna and their three children 17 years old Cameron, Fraser 15 and 12 year old daughter Nairne.
Donations. which will be greatfully received, can be made online at Just Giving.