Midwife delivers vital funding for disability charity in memory of uncle

7 September 2016

A Dunfermline midwife and her husband will take part in the Great North Run in memory of her much-loved uncle, raising money for the Leonard Cheshire Disability home which supported him.

Allanna Hunter, 34, and Sam Johnston, 38, are running in tribute to Allanna’s uncle Peter Duncan, who lived at Newhaven Road in Edinburgh and passed away last year, aged 50.

Allanna said:

‘He was a lovely man and he never let his disability get him down.

‘Newhaven Road gave him a new lease of life and opportunities we couldn’t give him.

‘He loved being able to go out and do things, whether it was a boys' trip to St Andrews or the chance to meet The Queen.

‘I want to give back to the home so other people can have the life Peter had.’

Allanna competed in the Dunfermline Half Marathon along with her husband Sam, and will take part in the Great North Run for the first time on 11 September.

The course will be familiar territory for the Crossford-based midwife, as she recently completed her studies close to the end of the route, which runs from Newcastle to South Shields.

She remains impressed by the support offered at Newhaven Road — a small purpose built home for up to seven disabled people — and is keen to raise as much money as possible for the service.

She said:

‘There’s a real sense of community at Newhaven.

‘As it’s quite a small place people get good support.

‘Everyone gets on well and it’s like having a big family.’

Several of Newhaven Road’s dedicated staff are sponsoring her efforts to tackle the 13.1-mile course.

Pauline Morgan, a long-serving support worker, is enthusiastically backing Allanna after working very closely with Peter for many years.

She said:

‘Peter was a very friendly, sociable guy. He was the life and soul of Newhaven Road.

‘He would be very proud of Alllanna. What she’s doing is just wonderful.’

If you would like to sponsor Allanna please visit her Just Giving page.

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