Mor­gan and Jay to run for late un­cle

Chil­dren to raise spon­sor­ship for MND Scot­land

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

A brother and sis­ter from Cam­bus­lang will take part in this week­end’s MND Scot­land fun run to hon­our the mem­ory of their tragic un­cle.

Mor­gan (10) and Jay Paul­ley (8), who stay in Dalziel Cres­cent, will take part in the event, along with their cousin, Emma Collins (10), from Castlemilk.

The trio were in­spired to sign up by the mem­ory of Mor­gan and Jay’s un­cle Robert Paul­ley, who passed away from mo­tor neu­rone dis­ease nearly two years ago.

Af­ter set­ting an ini­tial tar­get of £100, they have al­ready raised over £700.

All three kids at­tend Croft­foot Pri­mary School, and Mor­gan and Jay’s mum, Sammy, is de­lighted to see them take on the chal­lenge.

She said: “We’re so proud of them, it’s a cause so close to their hearts.

“All the kids doted on Robert and he doted on them.

“He was an amaz­ing un­cle to them.

“The kids heard that a cou­ple of Robert’s friends were do­ing the run and they asked if they could do it too. We signed them up and they’ve all got their t-shirts and ev­ery­thing, they’re re­ally look­ing for­ward to it.”

Robert, brother to Sammy’s hus­band, Ja­son, was only 32 when he lost his battle against MND in Septem­ber 2013.

He had been di­ag­nosed five years pre­vi­ously, and the fam­ily en­dured a painful time as his con­di­tion de­te­ri­o­rated.

MND, which af­fects the cells that con­trol vol­un­tary mus­cle ac­tiv­ity, has been in the news re­cently with for­mer Rangers star Fer­nando Rick­sen re­veal­ing he has been suf­fer­ing from the dis­ease.

It pre­vi­ously claimed the life of Celtic leg­end Jimmy Johnstone.

Sammy said: “It’s such a hor­ri­ble dis­ease.

“Robert was di­ag­nosed about five years be­fore he died and it just slowly pro­gressed. He was a bril­liant guy and was al­ways great with the kids. He al­ways looked out for other peo­ple.

“When he was di­ag­nosed, he dealt with it bet­ter than ev­ery­one else. He was just so strong minded and never com­plained.”

The MND Scot­land fun run is tak­ing place on Satur­day (May 16) at 11am in Strath­clyde Park.

Mor­gan, Jay and Emma are tak­ing on the four-mile course, but Sammy doesn’t think they’ll have any prob­lem com­plet­ing it: “They can’t wait to do it. They are all quite fit and they’ve done some run­ning, so I’m sure they will be fine.

“They have al­ready ex­ceeded ex­pec­ta­tions but they’re hop­ing to raise even more money. We’ve al­ready been amazed at the gen­eros­ity of peo­ple.”

You can sup­port the kids at their Just Giv­ing page, www. just­giv­­gan-Em­maJay/

..he dealt with it bet­ter than ev­ery­one else. He was just so strong minded and never com­plained.

Lit­tle cham­pi­ons (From left) Emma Collins (10), Mor­gan Paul­ley (10) and Jay Paul­ley (8) who are run­ning the MND fun run in mem­ory of Robert Paul­ley

Lov­ing un­cle Robert Paul­ley with Mor­gan and Jay

Trib­ute Robert Paul­ley

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