A SAUCHIE man is gearing up to take on the London Marathon next year to raise vital funds for a kids cancer charity.

Scott MacDonald, 43, was diagnosed with bladder cancer three years ago and was lucky enough to undergo successful treatment.

He has now entered remission and is looking to share his story and fundraise for Young Lives vs Cancer, a charity devoted to supporting young people and their families during diagnosis and treatment.

As part of his fundraising, Scott will be tackling the London Marathon in April 2024, with all proceeds donated to the charity.

Speaking to the Advertiser, Scott spoke of wanting to use his story as a platform to raise awareness and support to all going through cancer.

He said: “At the beginning of my cancer journey in 2020, having never even run for a bus in my life, I challenged myself to do the NHS couch to 5k running programme.

“This was in a bid to raise funds and to give something back to the nurses and doctors who helped me through my treatments.

“In doing so, I found a love for running and to date have run in various half marathons and full marathons up and down the country.”

In preparation, Scott has completed the Loch Ness and Edinburgh marathons, although he insists this will pale in comparison to the huge crowds that will turn out for the London event.

He has raised money for the NHS to pay thanks to the nurses at NHS Forth Valley who helped him through his treatment.

In the past, Scott has also done work for Bladder Cancer UK and now turns his attention towards raising awareness of cancer in the young.

He added: “My story pales into insignificance when you consider that I’m in my forties and have been fortunate enough to have been diagnosed early and treated swiftly and successfully.

“My thoughts and hopes are with the younger generation faced with this horrific disease.”

Alongside the London Marathon 2024, Scott will also be looking to arrange a whole host of locally based activities.

The only one confirmed at the moment is a Burns Supper night held at Alloa Town Hall on Friday, January 26.

Scott teased he has more exciting events in the works and is looking to share these with people once he knows more.

Scott’s fundraiser can be accessed here.