FRIENDS and family of a Drumchapel boy with cerebral palsy will be bringing in the New Year by walking 10k to raise vital funds.

Nine-year-old Guy Pentland, who has been described as an “absolute gem”, constantly needs therapy after undergoing life changing operations on both of his hips to help him move.

The annual walk – Walk4Guy – is now in its third year and was originally organised by family friend Karen Elliot in 2016 to help towards the cost of the therapy and physio.

Karen told the Post: “I jumped off the Titan Crane to raise money and then thought it would be quite nice to do something that involved the whole community rather than just myself.

“The response from previous years has been outstanding and we have smashed the targets each time, so we decided to make it an annual event until he was 18.”

This year, some of the money raised was put towards purchasing a portable hoist to make days out easier for mum and dad.

The 10k walk from Kelvindale Station to Drumchapel and back involves a stop at Guy’s house for a refreshment break.

Members of the community are being encouraged to join in as well as anyone else who wishes to take part.

Karen added: “It’s a really nice event to bring the New Year in with.

“The idea is you don’t have to walk with us, you can walk wherever you live, for however long you want, but you have to start at 1pm UK time.”

Last year, people all round the globe were walking in support, with the challenge being completed in St Andrews, Barcelona, Helensburgh, Switzerland, Greece, Newtongrange and Fort William.

More than £5,000 has been raised in previous years and a target of £2,000 has been set this year.

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