Laurieston dad is wheely great

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A delighted dad is determined to show his appreciation to Yorkhill Hospital by taking on a canal cycling challenge.

John Stewart’s son Rory was born with intestinal complications which required immediate surgery followed by two further operations in a matter of months.

Now the 15-month-old is happy and healthy and John and wife Sharon say the treatment he received was nothing short of amazing.

John (37), from Laurieston, said: “Rory was born in Forth Valley in Larbert but was taken almost straight away by ambulance to Yorkhill.

“It was a very worrying time, but the care from everyone at the hospital was brilliant.

“They were so good with Rory.

“Being in Yorkhill is just heartbreaking, but you realise that you are one of the fortunate ones, because you know that some parents aren’t going to be so lucky.

“It’s when you’re faced with adversity that you realise what’s important.

“I decided that I wanted to pay something back to Yorkhill, and I chose cycling as it was something I didn’t really enjoy.”

John and 10 others plan to cycle 60 miles between Glasgow and Edinburgh on May 18.

Their route will be along the canal paths, taking them from Yorkhill Hospital to Edinburgh Sick Kids.

John, a business analyst with Sky said: “I’ve been doing my training around the canal and the new Helix development and I’ve been very impressed.’’

And the schedule has had an added benefit for John.

“Through the training and not drinking, I’ve also lost a stone-and-a-half in weight,” he said.

To further boost funds, Sharon is organising a coffee morning for April 27 at the Old People’s Welfare Hall in Laurieston between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

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