Forfar man raising funds in memory of his dad

Andy Kydd before and after the obstacle course race on Sunday
Andy Kydd before and after the obstacle course race on Sunday

A Forfar man is hoping to raise £2000 in memory of his father for a charity which aims to fight heart and circulatory disease.

Andy Kydd will be running four marathons across Scotland next year and has already put his running shoes and fancy dress costumes on for obstacle course races (OCRs) to raise money for British Heart Foundation (BHF) Scotland.

His dad, Roy, died earlier in the year at the age of 80.

Andy is fundraising under the hashtag #brandandybhf.

He said: “The #brandandybhf story began after my dad passed away in August following serious heart problems.

“Owing to his illness, I was aware of some of the amazing work the British Heart Foundation did and wanted to support their fundraising efforts while doing something in memory of my dad.

“The initial goal was to run four marathons across Scotland in 2017. This included Edinburgh, Strathearn, Loch Ness and Glen Coe. However, I couldn’t wait to get started so I decided to do a few winter OCRs in fancy dress to raise some more money.”

His first event was a 7km in a crocodile suit and the next, which was last Sunday, was another 7km but this time in a ‘sexy’ Santa costume for the Trailtroopers Tinsel Dash.

Andy added: “The marathons will be the main challenge, but I’m going to do lots of other smaller challenges along the way.

“I am aiming to raise £2000 by the end of 2017 and currently we are sitting at the £400 mark which is a brilliant start.”

Deirdre Curley, BHF Scotland’s fundraising manager, said: “We never cease to be amazed by the extraordinary ways people like Andy fundraise for BHF Scotland. Every contribution, big or small, plays a crucial part in every breakthrough we make so we are incredibly grateful for their support.”

Follow Andy’s progress on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/Brandandybhf/

To sponsor him visit: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Andy-Kydd1