Hassocks man takes on charity challenge in memory of aunt

Keir's aunt Ray
Keir's aunt Ray

Keir Monteith, 47, from Hassocks put on his running shoes and took part in the London 2 Brighton Challenge on May 28 to raise funds for Parkinson’s UK. Keir ran the 100 kilometres for his aunt Ray who sadly died in May of this year.

Keir explains: “Aunt Ray had Parkinson’s for 18 years. She fought it all of the way – but in the end she died far too early. Her spirit was incredibly strong, as was her sense of humour. The least I could do was run in her memory and help raise money to fight against Parkinson’s.”

The 100K challenge started in Richmond Deer Park, continued over the North and South Downs, and finished at Brighton’s race course.

Paul Jackson-Clark, Director of Fundraising at Parkinson’s UK, said: “I’d like to say a big thank you and congratulations to Keir. I hope Keir’s story will inspire others to sign up for one of our other running events that happen throughout the year.

“As the UK’s Parkinson’s support and research charity we’re leading the work to find a cure, and we’re closer than ever.”

Keir has raised over £1000 for Parkinson’s UK and donations are still pouring in. To sponsor Keir visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/KeirMonteith

For further information on events taking place in the local area visit www.parkinsons.org.uk/events or email fundraising@parkinsons.org.uk