If you had told Laurence Connolly 10 years ago that one day he would be preparing to run a marathon, he would have refused to believe you.
The 22-year-old from Falkirk often struggled for fitness when he was growing up due to health problems.
He was diagnosed with kidney stones when he was just 10-years-old – an extremely young age for someone to develop the condition.
Laurence, who now works as a chef at the Park Hotel in Falkirk, said: “Even something as simple as playing a game of football with my pals was difficult when I was a boy.
“My condition got worse around the time I began high school. People started to notice I was taking more time off.
“Then I was told, at the age of 13, that I would have to have one of my kidneys removed at some point.”
Laurence finally had his operation in February last year. It was the beginning of a long, slow and painful recovery period.
But as soon as he regained full fitness, he was eager to give something back to the charity that had supported him and his family.
So now Laurence will be swapping his chef whites for running gear as he prepares to run the London Marathon in April.
He hopes to raise at least £1500 for Kids Kidney Research by completing the gruelling 26-mile course.
He said: “My training is already well under way. I spoke with my doctor before I signed up for the event, and he was happy with me taking part.”
Laurence is hosting a fundraising night at Bonnybridge Social Club on March 15.
To make a donation, visit www.www.virginmoneygiving.comk and search for Laurence Connolly.