Craig Ferguson ran his first ever marathon in aid of his sister, a service-user at Sense Scotland, raising £500 despite a bout of nerves – and a big blister.
Chris, 39, said “I’d never run a half marathon before and I was a bit nervous about it. I almost backed out but I had people sponsoring me so I couldn’t very well not go through with it! I still can’t believe I did it in less than 2 hours considering it was my first run of that distance. I had a huge blister for some of the way but it was all worth it when I found out I had raised £500.”
Craig’s sister, 38 year old Kerry -Anne, is a long term Sense Scotland service user who has been coming to TouchBase Glasgow since it opened. She lives in her own flat in our Craigton accommodation block – built especially for Sense Scotland in 2010. Kerry loves to take part in our Monday music sessions.
Chris wanted to do something for the Sense Scotland community and decided he would run the Glasgow half-marathon in October this year.
Craig said: “Thankfully the sun was shining on the day although I did try to train myself to get used to all weathers. I really enjoy running now and I want to keep up my fitness levels as much as I can.”
Keeping it in the community
Chris wanted the funds to remain local to Kerry-Anne’s community so he donated the cheque to the Sense Scotland Craigton service breakaway fund, set up in October.
He added “I wanted the money to be put towards days out or a wee holiday for some of the Craigton residents. It’s important to me for the money to stay in Kerry-Anne’s local community as they offer fantastic support but always need funds. It’s great to be able to provide a little bit of extra help.”
Donate to Craig’s Sense Scotland appeal
If you’d like to help, you can donate through Craig’s JustGiving page.