A GRANDFATHER is set to take on the West Highland Way to raise money for the health care heroes who helped save his life.

Retired solicitor Allan Cowan, 65 was diagnosed with prostate cancer in January last year at the height of the second Covid lockdown and received 'incredible' care from the team at the Beatson in Glasgow.

The Fairlie man went through gruelling treatment for the majority of last year and is now ready to taken on the 96 mile route from Milngavie to Fort William alongside son Neil to say thank you to the centre's staff.

Allan, who is also dad to daughters Laura and Anna, said: “Being diagnosed with cancer and undergoing treatment was naturally an anxious experience. But the treatment and support that I have received from the Beatson has been fantastic, and I know that they provide the same level of outstanding care to everyone needing their services.

"Walking the West Highland Way is going to be a challenge, especially as I have never undertaken anything like this before, but I wanted to do to raise money for the Beatson and help fund all of their tremendous work.”

Neil, 33, added: "My dad and I will be walking together in June.

"Although he was diagnosed during one of the Covid lockdowns - adding to the stress that he and the rest of the family experienced - the Beatson were fantastic, so this is a small token of thanks.

"My dad has never undertaken anything like this before so this will be a massive challenge for him, particularly given the cancer treatment."

Allan was brought up in Fairlie and is a former pupil of Fairlie Primary and Largs Academy,

He is also a former chairman of Partick Thistle Football Club and was one of the mainstays of the 'Save The Jags' campaign in the 1990s when the club was under threat. He served on the board at Firhill until 2010.

His parents May and Jim also live in Fairlie and Allan is also a familiar face in Largs, where the family wife Angela reside.

Son Neil, who works as a policy manager for the charity Poverty Alliance, says the duo are determined to complete the iconic route.

He said: "My father's treatment has been going well and he wants to prove to himself that he can do this after what he has been through.

"He has been out walking a lot and now that he is retired he has been able to eat and prepare for the challenge.

"I am a keen runner so we will both be in good shape hopefully."

The pair will set off on June 8 and hope to complete the route in around a week.

A fundraising page for the charity challenge has been launched and has already attracted pledges of almost £3,500.

To donate visit justgiving.com/fundraising/allan-cowan1