Fit Ayrshire Dads from across the area have raised more than £1,000 running in memory of their friend and as well as gathered up goods to help the community in time for Christmas.

The group, launched to support men with their mental health and encourage fitness. raised the grand sum in memory of Stevie Gilmour.

And the kind-hearted FADs have more recently been gathering up goods to hand over to the foodbanks – as supplies are in desperate need with the pandemic difficulties in the run up to Christmas

Kev Brown said: “Last Sunday we held the Annual Fit Ayrshire Dads 10k which has been renamed after our late great friend Steven Gilmour as the Stevie G memorial.

“We decided we wanted the memory of our friend Stevie to live on in a beautiful way.

"Stevie loved to race and loved to do things for charity so in typical FADS fashion our race was renamed.

“The idea is every year we do our race we will race money for a local Ayrshire cause.

"This year we decided to raise for Ayrshire Sportability which we all felt was a great choice.

“On the day in Eglinton Park the weather was kind to us and we ran a safe happy event where everyone could enjoy the outdoors, raise some money for charity and enjoy a brilliant race.

“As always at FADS events everyone was welcome and we had walkers and runners getting their medals at the end and enjoying some home baking too.

"It was such a happy morning with loads of smiles on show.

"To top it off we managed to raise a brilliant total of £1,000 for the charity.

“Our Ayrshire Christmas Foodbank Drive happens all across Ayrshire.

"Our mission is that no child should go without essential food items this Christmas and we are doing all that we can for our third year in a row to make that happen.”