WHEN Brandon Imray’s gran was diagnosed two years ago with Alzheimer’s Disease, the St Cyrus teenager was determined to raise money to help those with the condition.
And next month he will have the chance when he will take part in the Pedal for Scotland cycle run between Glasgow and Edinburgh.
Brandon (15) will take on the 51-mile challenge to raise money for Alzheimer Scotland and, in just more than a week of fund-raising, has so far attracted sponsorship of almost £850.
He started training for the event before the school holidays which has continued throughout his summer break, come rain or shine. An S5 pupil at Mearns Academy, Brandon also set himself a steep challenge by regularly including the gruelling Garvock Hill road in his training route.
Mum Eve said he first heard about the cycle run from a friend who entered the event last year.
She said: “He felt he wanted to give it a bash and when we looked into the details he found he could donate the money to any charity. His gran was diagnosed two years ago, at the age of 52, and he just wanted to do something to make a difference.
“Brandon hasn’t been training for a massive amount of time but he has discovered he has a flair for it and has been going out on runs of between 20 and 25 miles after school.
“Initially we thought we’d have to wait until next year but he has been going out with a couple of people who also did it last year and he’s now on a par with them. He has been out in all weathers, apart from the heaviest rain, and trains over the Garvock Hill.
“Although the distance isn’t as far the training has been more demanding as it will be a relatively flat route between Edinburgh and Glasgow.”
Pedal for Scotland will be held on Sunday, September 11, and participants will start from Glasgow Green and end their journey at Murrayfield.
Support for Brandon’s effort has been such that his fund-raising target has been raised twice.
Eve said: “Initially we set a target of £300 but we exceeded that and raised it to £500 and then £600, but at the moment it stands at £846.
“We received a generous donation from Hunting Energy Services in Portlethen, where his dad works, and a fair number of donations from employees. The rest has been from friends and family.”
Anyone wishing to lend their support and sponsor Brandon can do so online at www.justgiving.com/brandon-imray.