AN ARDROSSAN man is completing his dad’s dream of walking the Great Wall of China after he died from Motor Neurone Disease (MND).

Nicol Taylor, 28, and his wife, Claire Taylor, 36, have been fundraising for years to raise money for MND and prepare for the major trip to China.

Now they want to thank the local community for supporting their mission with donations, sponsors, bag packing, and more.

Tam Taylor passed away three years ago after battling the illness but always dreamed of seeing the great wonders of the world, something Nicol wants to now carry out in his memory.

He and Claire have managed to raise over £10,000 for the charity and will now walk the Great Wall of China for six days.

Nicol said: “We are going with a group of about 39 people and really looking forward to it.

“I think my dad would be proud we kept the fundraising going for so long the last years.

“He was an ex marine and really into culture and travelling so I want to keep that going.

“I have always wanted to walk the Great Wall of China since I was a wee boy I remember my dad talking about it.

“I’m over the moon to be actually doing it now, the community have been great in their support.”

Claire said: “We have done kilt walks, clothes collecting, church sales, book sales, everything to try and raise funds for MND.

“The challenge needed to get bigger and bigger so to raise more money we had to better the last thing we did.

“I’m looking forward to it although I’m nervous about flying, but I know it will be worth it.

“We will be walking six days straight with no breaks it’s going to be tough.

“We just want to thank everyone for how great they have been.

“They have constantly been supporting us with our raffles or whatever we have had on and it is really appreciated.”

MND is a rapidly progressing terminal illness, which stops signals from the brain reaching the muscles.

MND Scotland is the leading charity in Scotland providing care and support to people affected by Motor Neurone Disease (MND), as well as funding vital research into finding a cure.