Pierre marking 40th with triple fund-raiser

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A FORFAR dad is to mark his 40th birthday by taking part in three events over three consecutive weekends all in aid of charity.

Pierre Bernard turned 40 on August 13 and he has decided to mark the occasion by raising money for the scoliosis campaign fund the fund-raising arm of Scoliosis Association UK which Pierre is a trustee and regional representative for.

SAU is a national charity that provides support and advice to people with scoliosis (curvature of the spine).

Pierre became involved with the charity when his daughter Courtney now 13 was diagnosed at the age of seven and a half.

Courtney has worn a spinal brace since aged eight in the hope that this will prevent her from having surgery on her spine to correct the two curves that she has.

Pierre’s two and half year old son had infantile scoliosis which thankfully resolved itself and he will now undergo six monthly check ups to ensure it does not return.

Pierre will start of his three-week fund-raising by taking part in the Forfar 10k on Sunday, August 19, then on Saturday, August 25, Pierre will travel to Strathclyde Park, Glasgow to swim one mile open water at the British Gas Great Scottish Swim, with fund-raising culminating in Pierre running the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish 10k in Glasgow on Sunday September 2.

Pierre said: “ I decided to mark my 40th year with a fund-raising challenge and I am sure the one mile open water swim will prove to be the hardest challenge of them all.”

If you would like to donate to Pierre’s fundraising you and do so by logging onto www.mycharitypage.com/PierreBernard or by sending your donation to Pierre Bernard, 5 Langlands Road, Forfar, Angus DD8 1JU.