A FORTH VALLEY man will be cycling the length of Scotland to raise money for his uncle who has been diagnosed with motor neuron disease.

Gregor Clark will be cycling 420 miles from John o' Groats to Gretna alongside his brother Lee and cousin Ryan.

The three men are aiming to raise as much money as possible to support Bryan, Ryan’s father and Gregor and Lee’s uncle, who was diagnosed with the disease last year.

At the time of publication, the trio had already beaten their target of £1,500 but are hoping to raise more.

Once the final total is counted, the money will be split between equipment and home improvements for Bryan and to MND Scotland to help find a cure.

Gregor told the Advertiser: “Hopefully we can raise a wee bit more, we’ll just need to see where it goes.”

The tight-knit family was devastated when they learned of Bryan’s diagnosis, which came just days after another blow to the family.

Gregor continued: “I’m very, very close [to Bryan]. He’s basically like a father figure.

"One of the other guys on the cycle is my cousin Ryan, who is his son, and there’s only a month between us so we were pretty much raised as brothers.

“My uncle Bryan and my auntie have been a massive part of my life growing up. I go and visit them all the time. We’re a big family and we’re very, very close.

“We’re devastated. We found out at the start of November. It was four days after my gran had passed away.

“He had some symptoms before he was diagnosed and was away for loads of tests.”

Gregor has done some fundraising in the past, including playing football for 24 hours, but this will be a challenge.

He said: “I’m a wee bit of a bigger bloke and I kept thinking what can I tell people I’m going to do that’s a proper challenge.”

The boys are trying to complete the challenge in seven days at an average of 60 miles per day. The trip will be self-sustaining so they will be wild camping and all three will be carrying small trailers on their bikes for equipment.

For anyone who donates or is thinking about contributing, Gregor said: “I would just like to say a massive thank you.

“Hopefully the three of us can get this challenge smashed and raise some money for a great guy and charity.”

Visit gofundme.com/f/biking-4-brydo to make a donation.