Steg’s An­gels run for char­ity

Paisley Daily Express - - Front Page - David Camp­bell

Three Pais­ley pals are pretty in pink af­ter they scram­bled, jumped and crawled their way to their fundrais­ing to­tal in mem­ory of loved ones lost to can­cer.

De­ter­mined trio Ni­cola Roy, 24, Kirsty McKay, 23, and 22-year-old Hayley Gor­mal col­lected £1,000 for Can­cer Re­search UK af­ter tak­ing on the Pretty Muddy 5K.

The team,named Steg’s An­gels in hon­our of Ni­cola’s beloved brother Stephen who lost his bat­tle with bowel can­cer in 2016 aged just 18, pow­ered round the course at Pol­lok Coun­try Park at the week­end.

De­voted Hayley took on the chal­lenge for cousin Danielle Mc­Kee, 23, who passed away in Novem­ber last year.

Ni­cola, who last year had the hon­our of start­ing the race with mum He­len and dad Ian, says the race is a way of keep­ing her brother’s mem­ory alive.

She said: “Stephen was the best brother I could have ever asked for. He was funny, hand­some, tal­ented, kind and lov­ing. I am thank­ful that we had such a close re­la­tion­ship.

“My heart is bro­ken but I am so proud to be Stephen’s sis­ter and it is a great com­fort to my fam­ily and I to know how well loved he is.

“I am liv­ing life for us both now. I miss him more ev­ery day and I will never let him be for­got­ten – he was so spe­cial to my fam­ily and me.”

The course, which in­volves clambering over ob­sta­cles and run­ning through mud pits, of­fers up its own unique chal­lenges.

Ni­ci­ola added: “The at­mos­phere at the event is fan­tas­tic, which helps make it such a great day, and we all had so much fun en­cour­ag­ing each other to keep go­ing.

“The ob­sta­cles were such a good laugh. Hayley fell off her space hop­per right into some mud which had us in stitches. I felt amaz­ing cross­ing that fin­ish line. I have left my medal at Stephen’s grave as my race was ded­i­cated to him.”

Stephen, a Glen­vale Un­der-19 goalie, was di­ag­nosed with bowel can­cer in Au­gust 2015.

He had surgery to re­move the tu­mour and chemo­ther­apy, but he suf­fered a mas­sive car­diac ar­rest while help­ing coach kids at the Har­mony Row play­ing fields in Glas­gow.

He re­cov­ered, but was once more struck down by the dis­ease. He passed away in July 2016. Hayley was also de­ter­mined to keep the mem­ory of her muchloved cousin Danielle Mc­Kee alive as she took part in the race.

She said: “I’m ask­ing all of my friends and fam­ily to help do­nate even if it’s as lit­tle as £1, so we can take one step closer to beat­ing this hor­ri­ble dis­ease and make our Danni proud.”

Stephen and Ni­cola’s mum He­len is in­cred­i­bly proud of all the team’s ef­forts.

She said: “Her dad and I are just so proud of how she is keep­ing Stephen’s mem­ory alive. They were so close and she’s de­ter­mined he’ll never be for­got­ten. She is try­ing to stop other fam­i­lies go­ing through the same heartache we’ve gone through.”

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