Nicky backs Yorkhill run

Nicholas McDonald supports running the Glasgow Men's 10K for Yorkhill
Nicholas McDonald supports running the Glasgow Men's 10K for Yorkhill

Motherwell’s X-Factor star Nicholas McDonald this week urged men of all ages to go on the run and support Yorkhill Children’s Charity.

The teenager wants as many as possible to dig out their trainers and take part in the Men’s 10K Festival taking place in Glasgow on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 15.

The charity is the official charity partner for the event and Nicky - an ambassador for the charity, having previously been a patient there - took time out from his busy schedule to promote the event.

Nicholas suffers from Long QT Syndrome – also known as Sudden Death Syndrome and was treated at the hospital when he was eight years old.

He and his family have been involved in fundraising efforts for Yorkhill Children’s Charity over the years, raising in the region of £7,000, and Nicholas recently met with some of the patients at the hospital and treated them to a performance of songs from his new album.

He said: “I’m unable to participate due to my previous treatment but I know first-hand just how important fundraising and events such as the Men’s 10k run are for the charity.

“Every donation makes a difference to someone like me and hopefully will allow others to receive treatment at Yorkhill Hospital which will enable them to live full and active lives.”

The Men’s 10K event will take place in Bellahouston Park, on Sunday 15th June 2014, starting at 10am.

Last year’s 10K run raised over £40,000 for Yorkhill Children’s Charity with 359 runners successfully taking part. The Rascal Run proved extremely popular as well with over 500 kids, boys and girls, running the course and showing the adults how it was done.

Charity fundraising head Kirsten Sinclair said: “This year, we are hoping to see even more people participate in both runs and create a really fun day for the whole family to enjoy and support us through. The money raised will be a vital contribution for Scotland’s sick children.”