Doing it for mum

Andy and Sally McAllister
Andy and Sally McAllister

A HYNDLAND man is pushing himself to the limit for charity after being inspired by his mum.

In January, Sally McAllister was rushed to hospital with a perforated bowel and it emerged that she had bowel cancer.

The 66-year-old has fought the disease through three major surgeries and chemotherapy, however the cancer has spread and she is now terminally ill.

Now Sally is living with son Andy, who has raised more than £10,000 for Macmillan cancer support.

The 36-year-old, who runs Kelvingrove Park fitness class Park Circuits, has used his passion for exercise to show his appreciation for the support he and his mother have received from the nurses.

First, Andy roped in a number of his friends to take part in the inaugural “Sally challenge”, a duathlon from Rowardennan Pier to Milngavie Railway Car Park.

Each of the 100 athletes involved cycled 24K before running 16K, and raised at least £100 for the charity. They were presented with a medal by Sally herself at the finishing line.

Now her devoted son is going it alone as he is in training for the New York marathon, less than a month away on November 6.

He hopes his efforts in America will tip his fundraising total over the £15,000 mark.

“I felt frustrated and helpless”, Andy told The Extra. “I’m not a doctor or a nurse so I needed to find a way I could help.

“I have focused all my efforts into raising awareness and money for the charity, as a way to say thank you to the unsung heroes who have helped my mum.

“She is over the moon with how much support people have given to the charity effort and it means an awful lot to her.

“This has changed both our lives but her amazing attitude continues to inspire me every day”.

A spokeswoman for Macmillan Cancer Support said: “We are extremely grateful to Andy for running the New York Marathon to raise money for Macmillan.

“Running 26 miles is a huge challenge and he has also set himself a massive fundraising target.

“All of the money will be used to help Macmillan improve the lives of people affected by cancer and we wish Andy the best of luck in New York”.

To find out more, or to donate, visit www.justgiving.com/Andy-McAllister1502.