Bonnybridge mum goes on the run to aid ward

Caroline Evans (38) and son Kieran Evans (10)
Caroline Evans (38) and son Kieran Evans (10)

Grateful mum Caroline Evans hopes her fundraising efforts are a runaway success.

For every penny she raises will go to help others on the ward at Edinburgh Sick Children’s Hospital where her son Kieran has been treated since he was an infant.

He suffers from the rare condition idiopathic infantile scoliosis which causes his spine to curve.

Kieran, who will be 11 next month, is due to have his 15th operation to lengthen the metal rod in his back just days after his mum takes part in the Great Scottish Run in Glasgow.

Caroline (38), who has never tackled a 10k before, said; “I wanted to do something as a thank you for all the excellent treatment he has had over the years and continues to receive.

“His spinal nurse said she was taking part and I thought that I would give it a go. But now it’s getting closer, it’s a bit daunting – I haven’t run since school.”

She has been making use of the gym at Scottish and Southern Energy in Cumbernauld where she works in administration.

Caroline added: “They’ve set me up a programme and I’ve been going three or four times a week. I’m definitely getting fitter, now my aim is to complete the course.”

Several years ago, husband Alan (34) and several relatives did a sponsored walk from Kilsyth to The Falkirk Wheel and raised almost £1800 for the hospital.

Now he, along with Kieran, who is about to go into P7 at Antonine Primary School, and daughter Leah (5) will be heading for Glasgow on September 4 to cheer on Caroline.

Falkirk fan Kieran has the added incentive to recover from his latest surgery so he can run out with his favourite team on Boxing Day match when they play Ross County and he is the mascot.

Visit www.justgiving.com/Caroline-Evans28 to make a donation.