Ashley digs deep for Thomas and Cystic Fibrosis

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For most people the thought of walking the West Highland Way is daunting.

But Mid Argyll woman Ashley Ferguson decided to take on the 96-mile route for a very special cause – not walking, but running.

Between Friday May 4 and Monday May 7, the 22-year-old Edinburgh University student ran from Milngavie to Fort William. She was running to raise awareness and cash for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, in memory of Thomas Welch.

Ashley said: ‘In November 2017, we lost Thomas, a dear friend, husband, brother, father and son, to Cystic Fibrosis.

‘He passed away just short of his 30th birthday. He was kind, cheeky and a full of life character. Despite hardship with the disease, he surpassed all medical expectations. His passing caused devastation, not only to his family and friends but the whole community who knew him.’

With the support of mum Lena, Ashley completed the gruelling run in four days as planned – but with very sore feet at the end.

If you want to donate to Ashley’s fundraising efforts, visit her Just Giving page.

Ashley said: ‘This challenge is in Thomas’ honour and any donations, no matter how small, would be greatly appreciated.’