FRIENDS and family of a Drumchapel boy with cerebral palsy brought in the New Year by walking in his honour whilst raising more than £1,200.

The third annual Walk4Guy was completed by more than 40 people who celebrated January 1 by getting into the community spirit.

Nine-year-old Guy Pentland’s illness affects all four of his limbs after he was starved of oxygen at birth.

He constantly needs therapy after undergoing life-changing operations on both of his hips to help him move.

Karen Elliot, organiser and close family friend, told the Post: “The therapy that Guy requires is constant and so having funds available to the family throughout the year just makes life slightly easier.

“The walk itself was amazing. My dad played a few numbers on his trombone and we warmed up with the hokey cokey. I love the whole day, when l wake up on the 1st I’m hyper. It’s just such a special event and I’m delighted to be able to help my friends.”

Those who took part walked 10k from Kelvindale Station to Drumchapel and back which involved a stop at Guy’s house for a refreshment break.

Friends and family from across the world were also encouraged to take part and more than 40 participated elsewhere including Germany, Switzerland, St Andrews, the Kelpies, and Helensburgh.

Karen added: “Once we start walking l just can’t wait to arrive at Guy’s house and see him, catch up with all the walkers and check social media to see who is walking elsewhere around the world.”

“Guy communicates via his eye gaze and when not using that you can tell by his grin if he is enjoying what’s going on. I turned up with a Buzz Lightyear mask on and was jumping around singing the Toy Story theme tune and shouting “to infinity and beyond” - l know he thinks I’m mad and he’s right.”

Scott Pentland, Guy’s dad, said: “A huge thank you to each and every one of the 2019 Walk4Guy team. You are all amazing. Denise, Guy and myself are incredibly grateful for all your efforts today. The event really captures the community spirit that is the essence of what the walk is all about. Love to all.”

The £1,200 raised so far will allow Guy continued therapy at home with his physio but also sessions at Bobath Scotland.

Last year, some of the money was put towards purchasing a portable hoist to make days out easier.