A 14-year-old from Fife is organising a Fun Run in St Andrews after her maths teacher was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease. Brynja Duthie from Cupar has already got fundraising experience under her belt, having raised over £3000 last year in memory of her grandfather who died of prostate cancer.
Fife Teen Launches Fun Run
Brynja attributed her success to the support of her friends, family and teachers, particularly Mr Donald Grewar, a maths teacher at Madras College, St Andrews. She explained, “I wanted to show Mr Grewar how much I care about him and appreciate what he has done for me and others so I approached him with my idea for a fun run. He thought it was a great idea and is now helping me with the organisation.”
Brynja, with the help of her ex-running coach Graham Bennison of Fife AC, then got in touch with Frank McLaren, the club secretary, who is also now involved.
Funds raised will be split between the Anne Rowling Regenerative Neurology Clinic – a charity which conducts research into MND – and the costs of Mr Grewar’s care and any equipment he might need.
Brynja added, “Things have progressed so quickly and the support has been amazing. I am so grateful to everyone who has helped or pledged gifts for this event. This will show Mr Grewar just how much people care about him, admire and respect him as well as raise lots of money to help with his care and research into MND”.
Mr Grewar commented, “It is both hugely rewarding and humbling to work with Brynja! The fun run should be a great event, raising money to support research into a cure for degenerative diseases. A huge thanks to all volunteers, particularly 'the committee’.”