Fraser’s pals raise £5000 at a stroke

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Classmates helped Fraser Morrison raise thousands of pounds for a charity close to his heart.

Only days before the sponsored swim he organised, his mum lost her battle with motor neurone disease.

Despite having to cope with his loss, the sixth year Larbert High pupil went ahead with the fundraising for a 25,000 metre swim in the school pool.

Fraser (17) was joined by 10 of his friends for last Wednesday’s attempt and already they’ve raised over £5000 for charity MND Scotland, with the final total expected to be over £7000.

His mum Marina died last month, shortly before her 45th birthday. She had been ill since 2009, eventually having to give up her work as a nursery nurse as the muscle-wasting condition took hold.

Along with dad Ian and brother Gregor (14), Fraser helped look after her at the family home in Church Street, Stenhousemuir.

He said: “I hope the money raised can go towards research into motor neurone disease and also to provide support for people affected.

“Specialist care for one person costs £1000 a year and hopefully the money we collect can help with that, as well as funding MND Scotland work with relatives of sufferers, helping them come to terms with what is happening.”

Fraser, who has a place to study architecture at Edinburgh University, thanked everyone who had helped raise the cash, particularly those who swam.

Sara Thomas, MND Scotland fundraiser, said: “This is absolutely fantastic. Fraser is an amazing lad and this money will make a big difference to the work that we are doing.”

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