A WEE COUNTY boy has raised £500 for the National Health Service by completing a gruelling 15km running challenge earlier this month.

Tullibody's Lewis Swan decided to take on the mammoth task after starting to train during the lockdown – which was first imposed on March 23.

Realising how much he was enjoying his runs, the 12-year-old would go further and further each week.

He also loved getting outside at 8pm every Thursday to take part in the weekly clap for all the key workers keeping the country safe during the coronavirus pandemic.

And so, after a few weeks, Lewis – who is currently completing his second year at Lornshill Academy - decided to combine his two passions by running with the aim of raising funds for the health service.

Then on Friday, June 5, he laced up his shoes and ran all the way from Alloa to Stirling, and back again – a distance of more than nine miles.

In the process, he raised hundreds for the NHS.

Mark Swan, Lewis' dad, told the Advertiser: "As a parent I am so proud of what he has done.

"He is such a passionate and caring individual with a kind heart."