‘It’s our fifth annual walk and Covid won’t stop us helping Guy’

Guy Pentland and family
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An annual charity walk is going virtual to raise money for a young Glasgow lad.

Walk4Guy – now in its fifth year – helps Guy Pentland, 11, who has cerebral palsy.

Previous years have seen up to 50 friends and family stride out along the Clyde & Forth Canal on January 1.

They have raised thousands of pounds for Guy who lives with his mum and dad Denise and Scott in Drumchapel.

This year people can’t come together in a group due to the restrictions on outside gatherings.

Instead well wishers and participants will hook up via Facebook Live – with walkers taking part in other parts of the UK and overseas.

Family friend Karen Elliott helped set up the fundraiser.

She said: “Normally around 40 to 50 people join us to walk from Kelvindale Railway Station to Guy’s house and back, which is 10km.

“We also have other friends and family who walk in Falkirk, Helensburgh, other parts of Glasgow,  Edinburgh, England, Switzerland and St Andrews.  

“The beauty of the event is you can do it wherever, just on 1st of 1st at 1pm.”

Guy with mum and dad.

Guy’s cerebral palsy was caused by oxygen starvation at birth and affects all four of his limbs.

He had full hip reconstruction surgery on both his right and left hips, and now needs intensive physiotherapy.

The money raised allows Guy continued therapy at home with his physio but also sessions at Bobath Scotland.

‘Normally around 40 to 50 people join us to walk from Kelvindale Railway Station to Guy’s house and back, which is 10km’

Karen Elliott

Karen said: “It’s an amazing start to the year for the community knowing that a simple walk can support this amazing young man with therapy throughout the year.  

“We meet from  12.30 on the day, my dad plays the trombone then it’s a FB live speech by Scott and off we go.

“Everyone sends photos and we put them all together to show Guy. 

“It’s our fifth year and Covid won’t stop us.”

The target this year is £1,500 and the family invite you to get involved in several ways:

1.  Donate to the page

2.  Complete your own walk wherever you are at 1pm or actually anytime on New Year’s day

3.  Complete a virtual walk in your own house or garden using YouTube – you could even walk round your favourite place

4.  Share with your family & friends on social media – even word of mouth.

5.  Send the family photos to the Facebook page https://fb.me/e/RJjmdauW

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