A WEST FIFE midwife is taking on the Glasgow Kiltwalk to raise money for dementia research in honour of her dad.

Claire Massey, from Crombie, will walk 15 miles on Sunday, April 28, to raise money for Alzheimer’s Research UK.

The 38-year-old mum-of-two is taking part in the event in memory of her father, Davy McGarrity, who was diagnosed with the disease in December 2010 and died in October 2017, aged 67.

“He was an amazing dad,” said Claire. “He had four sisters so he grew up surrounded by women. Then he got married to my mum and had three daughters. My sister at his funeral described him as a complete feminist because he encouraged us and made us believe we could do anything.

“Between us, me and my sisters have seven children and they are all boys, so after having lots of women in his life, he then had all these grandsons and he was a wonderful grandad.

“We’re hugely grateful that he was still able to have a really positive influence on their lives and that they have great memories of him.”

Claire, who works at the Victoria Hospital, will be joined on the Kiltwalk by pals Kat Lauchlan and Alison Valente. They are calling themselves the ‘Keep the Heid’ team in honour of Davy’s favourite phrase.

They have already raised around £600 for the charity and anyone wanting to boost their total can do so by visiting https://glasgowkiltwalk2019.everydayhero.com/uk/keep-the-heid.