AN Avoch man serving in the RAF in England is gearing up for a poignant fundraising challenge – in memory of his mum.
Steve MacArthur, based at RAF Marham in Norfolk, will be running the London marathon on April 24 in memory of mum, Roz, who lost her battle with cancer last year.
He will also be raising funds for local group, Black Isle Cares, in gratitude for the support they provided in her last weeks.
Steve was brought up in Avoch and joined the RAF at 16, in 1995, as a survival equipment fitter.
His first posting after training was Kinloss, before moving to Bruggen in Germany for three years, returning north to Lossiemouth in 2001.
In 2005, he moved to RAF Coningsby, in Lincolnshire, where he spent 11 years, and last year he was posted to RAF Marham.
Steve still has close Black Isle connections, his dad, Arthur, running Avoch’s Burnside Garage, which has been in the family since the 1940s.
The London event will be his third full marathon – he completed the Stanley Marathon in the Falklands in 2015 and the Edinburgh Marathon in 2016, raising funds for Cancer Research UK at both.
On his internet charity page, Steve says: “I lost my mum to a particularly nasty type of cancer last year.
“I have raised money in previous years for the national Cancer Research charity, but this year I want to say thank-you to a small local charity that helped massively with my mum’s care in her final days.
“Their compassion and kindness helped to make a very difficult time that wee bit easier for myself and the rest of my family.”
To make a donation to Steve’s fundraiser, which has already netted £915, visit his charity page at mydonate bt and enter “Steve MacArthur” in the fundraisers search box.