A DUNFERMLINE pub has honoured a regular customer after helping to raise more than £2,000 in his name.

The Rumblingwell, on Baldridgeburn, held a race night fundraiser for MS Society Scotland last weekend after the idea was broached by Diane and Ian Steadman, who live nearby.

Ian, 56, who has Multiple Sclerosis (MS), has been visiting the venue since it traded as the Thistle Tavern, which was overhauled and re-named in 2019.

The neurological condition causes your immune system to attack your nerves by mistake, causing a range of symptoms.

Ian's wife, Diane, has been holding events in aid of the charity, including sales of treat boxes and afternoon teas filled with her own home baking.

"Ian was diagnosed in May 2018 and has been medically-retired since he was 52," she told the Press.

"He has found it quite hard, he is quite young, but I would say he is a fighter; he's very determined and doesn't lie down to things or put something off if he can do it.

She continued: "I work with Lloyds Bank – we get a day to make a difference and they match the amount made.

"I organised a bake sale in work but then COVID happened, but that didn't deter me, I did treat boxes for friends and family, that generated £740 that year.

"This year, in July, I did about 18 afternoon teas, all homemade, and raised £540, I took a box down to the Rumblingwell, as that is our local, to share with the staff and that's when we started talking about fundraising.

"It grew arms and legs from there, they hosted it, but I went to the businesses for sponsorships and went around town."

Around 100 people bought tickets for the event, with 40 horses sold instantly and another 40 snapped up by punters during a trip to the pub.

And Diane, who is 54 but will take early retirement when she turns 55 to spend more time with Ian, isn't stopping there; with as much as £6,000 already donated to the MS Society she is planning to continue helping.

"For me, it's to raise awareness of MS and what it is," she said.

"I don't think my husband thought we would raise as much as we did, I targeted £2,000."

The pub was decked out in orange for the night, with balloons and bunting provided by the charity.

Rebecca Perzylo, manager, said: "Diane organised everything – she sold most of the tickets, they were £5 and included stovies, chilli, and curry.

"There were six races with people and businesses sponsoring, Ian did a speech at the end thanking everyone.

"It was such a nice feeling, he's very regular, we're now just thinking of what to do next!"

In total, £2,448.20, which will be match-funded by Lloyds, was raised for the charity – who fund research, share information, campaign, and provide community for people living with MS – including donations to a raffle and bids in an auction for a Dunfermline Athletic shirt signed by the current team.