Neurology specialist nurse and veteran fundraiser David Thomson has been running 5 km a day over the whole of July 2020 to raise money for the Scottish Huntington’s Association (SHA). Due to the vagaries of our weather, he decided to carry out the challenge on a treadmill in his home. However, he managed to break the treadmill and ended up pounding the streets of Denny and running around local parks while waiting for a spare part to arrive!
David works with a wide range of patients and families living and dealing with neurological conditions. As the Huntington’s Disease Specialist Nurse for NHS Forth Valley, he usually does at least one sponsored event a year for the SHA. Two years ago he shaved his hair off and last year, he and his wife did 30 5k runs between them in August and September. The couple have recently been nominated as champion fundraisers for the SHA.
David explained: “I had thought I would try something more challenging so decided to run 5k a day throughout July. Hopefully my old bones and joints hold up as I retired from my full time role last year but enjoy my work too much to give it up completely. Cycling to work, even before lockdown, has kept me fit.”
David also helps organise fundraising events with the neurology team at Forth Valley Royal Hospital. Last year the team went up Dumyat and they have also held regular bake-offs in the office.