A BARRHEAD man and his family are taking on a charity run in memory of his much-loved brother.

James Patrick, 49, and around 10 other members of his extended family have decided to take part in next month’s Glasgow Resolution Run.

His older brother Robert Laird, who was born in Neilston but stayed in Barrhead for much of his life, suffered a fatal stroke two years ago at the age of 58.

Following this devastating loss, the family wanted to do something positive to help raise awareness and funds for a cause that is close to their hearts.

As well as coining in cash for the Stroke Association, Robert’s loved ones are keen to highlight the fact that anyone can suffer a stroke, regardless of their age.

And the family reckon that Robert’s spirit will be with them every step of the way during their 10k charity challenge.

James said: “My brother was an amazing man – one of life’s true gentlemen. He had so much more to give to the world.

“The whole family wanted to do something in tribute to him together, so we signed up for the Stroke Association Resolution Run.

“It was a charity we really wanted to support and, as my brother was always helping others, we knew it was something he would love us to do.”

Angie Macleod, communications manager for the Stroke Association in Scotland, is full of praise for James and his team.

She said: “I am delighted that James and his family are taking on this challenge after being affected by stroke.

“I admire them for doing such a positive thing after the loss of Robert and for helping other people who have had a stroke.

“To get so many other family members involved is great.”

There are approximately 4,500 deaths in Scotland each year where cerebrovascular disease (CVD) is the underlying cause.

The Stroke Association’s Resolution Run, which takes place at Glasgow Green on Sunday, March 11, aims to ensure this number decreases in the years to come.

To sign up, visit www.stroke.org.uk/resolution or email resolution@stroke.org.uk.