Tommy to row for charity

Tommy Monteith
Tommy Monteith

Tommy Monteith (38), from Portpatrick, is rowing a raft 19 miles from Donaghadee in Ireland, to his hometown, with 11 others in aid of MND Scotland.

Tommy decided to take on the challenge for his friend, who was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease (MND) in 2015. MND is a rapidly progressing terminal illness which can cause someone to lose the ability to walk, eat, speak and breathe unaided.

The team of 12 are setting sail on 26 August (if the weather permits) and will also be hosting a fundraising night on Saturday 27 August, at Portpatrick Village Hall.

Tommy said, “Years ago my dad and his friend, the one who now has MND, sailed a raft from Portpatrick to Stranaer, but I wanted to take it a step further! I waited until everyone had volunteered before telling them I’d changed the route to Donaghadee to Portpatrick. We reckon it’ll probably take around nine hours, at least we hope anyway.

“Being a big football fan, the first time I’d heard about MND was when Fernando Ricksen was diagnosed. I thought about doing something then because it sounded like such an awful illness. However, it wasn’t until I got a call from my friend telling me he’d been diagnosed that I actually organised something.

“We are all really looking forward to it and want to raise as much money and awareness for MND Scotland as possible.

“If anyone can donate we would greatly appreciate it -”

Iain McWhirter, Head of Fundraising and Volunteering at MND Scotland, said, “We wish Tommy and the rest of the team a safe trip across the sea. Because of supporters like them, we can continue to fund research to find a cure, support people in Scotland who have been affected by MND and campaign on behalf of people with this devastating illness.

“MND Scotland provides support to people across Scotland, including one-to-one counselling, complementary therapy, a loan of our communications equipment, benefits advice and more. If you’d like more information about what we can do for you or if you’d like to do something to support the charity, please check out our website –”