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We miss Alan.

Alan was a quiet, calm man, liked and respected by all who knew him.  He had an keen sense of the ridiculous that lightened many a difficult situation.  He was an active sportsman – playing and then latterly leading the Gargunnock Football team and a member of Callander Golf Club.  He was passionate about the teams he supported – Celtic Football Club and Derby Country Football Club.  His family connections with the latter led him to become something of an authority on the history of the team’s early triumphs and he wrote a series of articles for the club and other interested groups.  He played a full and active part in community life in his home village - Gargunnock. 

We miss his quiet, soft-spoken voice teasing us.

 We miss the terrible jokes ( “What do you call a man with a spade in his head?” – “Doug”).

We miss his hot debates.

 We miss his appreciation of good food (particularly anything with toffee in it) and a glass of wine.

 We miss him.  Terribly.

 Alan caught a virus in November 2004.  This developed into to ME (Myalgic Encephalopathy), or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome which floored him totally.  Always an active man, he found this difficult to bear.  He was not one to share his troubles and refused to tell many of his close friends or family just what he was suffering.  He took his own life in October 2005.

 ME (Myalgic Encephalopathy), or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, is an illness that blights the lives of 250,000 people in UK today.  Even the smallest exertion can floor them; their joints and muscles ache unbearably; restful sleep eludes them; and ‘brainfog’ clouds even the smallest judgment. It changes their lives drastically – disrupting education; making employment impossible; and straining family relations to breaking point.  People may be housebound or confined tobed for many months or years.  There is no known cure. 

The ME Association funds vital research into the underlying causes and treatment of ME/CFS and provides invaluable support to ME sufferers and their families. 

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Updates 4

Many, many thanks to Gargunnock Primary School for holding a retiring collection at their Christmas service in aid of The ME Association. It raised a magnificent £204.35.

07/01/16 12:05

Dear friends Thank you all for your kind messages of support, particularly in the lead up today - the 10th anniversary of Alan's death. ME beat Alan, but with your help, hopefully, we'll be able to make a difference to the lives of others with this cruel illness.

30/10/15 12:26

Today would have been Alan's 53rd birthday. His last birthday - his 43rd - was such a struggle - battling pain, lost sleep and rising anxiety. Smiling weakly as we sung him 'Happy Birthday'. ME is such a cruel illness. It's time we found a way to beat it.

24/06/15 10:12

Today is Alan's birthday. We celebrated with his favourite foods - Starter = melon and palma ham, Main = Pasta, Pud = Toffee cake. James asked if taste was hereditary (he loves toffee too....)

24/06/14 07:02

Raising money for

ME Association

ME Association

Charity Registration No. 801279

The ME Association campaigns hard to get ME recognised as a severe neurological illness. Our helpline provides essential information and support to adults and children who have ME/CFS, and to their families and carers. We also fund biomedical research into the physical nature and causes of ME/CFS.

Raising money for

Run by ME Association

Charity Registration No. 801279

Donations 45

From the Virtual Runner 'Run the World' event

Donation by Virtual Runner UK on 31/05/16

£668.00

From the Run the World race at virtualrunneruk.com

Donation by Virtual Runner UK on 13/04/16

£800.00

Best wishes to you. My partner has ME too. Xx

Donation by Richard on 02/11/15

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

As a sufferer for 6 years, it's changed my life. Love to you all.

Donation by Laura on 01/11/15

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

As a long term ME sufferer I'm happy to support your brave and hopeful efforts.

Donation by mary on 31/10/15

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Very difficult illness. I've had it for 26 years. The breast cancer was easier to cope with. Good luck with your endeavours to raise money x

Donation by Helen on 31/10/15

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

As a fellow m.e sufferer, I send my love and best wishes to Alan, Helen and their families. May you rest in peace Alan x x

Donation by Paula Thompson on 31/10/15

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 31/10/15

Donation by Anonymous on 31/10/15

£10.00

Just wanted to lend a message of support and give a small donation. I suffered from ME growing up and am all too familiar with the complete despair it brought to me an my family. You're in my thoughts

Donation by Victoria Stirrup on 31/10/15

Donation by Anonymous on 31/10/15

£10.00

Donation by Vicky O'Connell on 31/10/15

£5.00

+ £1.25 Gift Aid

I can't begin to imagine you pain. I am so sorry. Thank you for your hard work raising money.

Donation by An M.E. sufferer on 31/10/15

£5.00

+ £1.25 Gift Aid

No words needed. Just a hug from a colleague!

Donation by Anonymous on 31/10/15

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 31/10/15

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

One day I hope people understand just what this illness does to sufferers and the people around them . God Bless

Donation by Anonymous on 30/10/15

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

As a suffer of ME I know all what it's like to go through the hell that is ME. Sorry I can't donate much but I really hope that we can raise as much awareness and money as we can. Much love x

Donation by Meg Richardson on 30/10/15

£5.00

Donation by Christina Maria on 30/10/15

Donation by Vanessa and Derek on 25/10/15

£30.00

+ £7.50 Gift Aid

Hopefully there will be a cure for this dreadful illness soon. Thinking of you all.

Donation by Anne and Colin Hemfrey on 29/07/15

£25.00

+ £6.25 Gift Aid

Remembering you on your birthday, Alan, and hoping for better understanding of ME and like conditions in the future.

Donation by Jane Cumming Steneker and family on 24/06/15

$30.00

For your 53rd birthday.

Donation by Hx on 24/06/15

£25.00

+ £6.25 Gift Aid

In memory of a lovely person.

Donation by Ruth and Jim x on 24/06/15

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

No words.

Donation by Russell Fleming on 24/06/15

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

For hope.

Donation by Pam on 24/06/15

£50.00

+ £12.50 Gift Aid

Donation summary

  • * Online donations£2,137.76
  • Offline donations£204.35
  • Text donations£0.00
  • Total raised£2,342.11
  • Gift Aid£142.50

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