A grieving father will run one of the best marathons in the world in memory of his daughter who passed away aged just 25 from pancreatic cancer.
The Thomson family were devastated when Nicola died in 2013, leaving behind daughter Ciara, who was just four-years-old.
The Falkirk FC fan developed pancreatic cancer, one of the most aggressive cancers with the worst survival rate and lost her battle just months after her diagnosis. Nicola and her family were helped by Strathcarron Hospice and the vital support service allowed the young mum to die at home.
Ian (51), from Old Polmont said: “The care Nicola received from the Strathcarron nurses was incredible and the hospice also supported the family after Nicola passed, helping us to come to term and grieve.
“It was always in my mind to do something for them to say thanks and running a marathon was on my bucket list so I decided now was the time - after all I’m not getting any younger.”
Ian, who is a shift supervisor at Ineos, was a keen table tennis player in his youth and played for Scotland. He has been training for the race in Frankfurt on October 25 since last year and wife Wendy and Nicola’s godparents Allan and Alison Leishman are heading to Germany to support Ian’s efforts. Ciara, who now lives with Nicola’s brother Chris and his wife Laura, will be waiting at home to hear how her grandfather gets on.
Ian said: “It’s going to be an emotional time, particularly at the end of the race, when it’s all finished.
“Our fundraising is sitting at just below £5000 so I hope we can add to that and give even more in Nicola’s memory.”
Ian has also organised a race night at Lodge Zetland in Grangemouth with work colleague Tom Smith on Friday.
Tom lost his wife Amy in January and they were also supported by Strathcarron Hospice. Tickets have almost sold out, but a few are available by calling Ian on 07895 677107.
If you would like to sponsor Ian, visit www.virginmoneygiving.com/ianthomson64.