A mother’s strength

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A DEVESTATED mother kept a promise to her dying son by running the women’s 10K on Sunday.

Mearns primary pupil Andrew Ferrier died of cancer just eight days before the race.

Before the eight-year-old’s tragic death, his mother Lorna assured her son she would take part in an attempt to raise as much money as possible to help sick children at Yorkhill hospital for sick kids.

The 40-year-old told The Extra: “It was an emotional day but I did it with the help of my friends.

“Andrew was such a caring boy that he then wanted to raise some money for the other sick children within Yorkhill. I agreed to raise some money to fulfill his wish.

“I cannot praise the charities who helped Andrew in his last months enough.”

Lorna, along with 11 of her close friends, kept their promise to Andrew and have raised more than £6,000 for Yorhill Children’s Foundation and CHAS.

And the women all ran in the primary four pupil’s favourite colour – orange.

More than 8,000 others took part in the race, making it the largest female running event in the UK.

Participants included Jo Pavey, the fastest female 10,000 metre runner in Europe, and athlete Sonia O’Sullivan who took silver in the 5,000 metres at the Sydney Olympic Games.

The race was won by Elspeth Curran of Kilbarchen AAC who finished in 34 minutes and 59 seconds, while Olympic judo silver medallist Gemma Gibbons was an official starter.

To donate, visit virginmoneygiving.com/team/andrewferrier.