Dad gets on his bike in memory of Chris

Neil Collins, Scott Nelson and James Watson are ready to get on their bikes  in memory of Christopher Nelson
Neil Collins, Scott Nelson and James Watson are ready to get on their bikes in memory of Christopher Nelson

The father of a young Eskbank man who died unexpectedly is to cycle over 90 miles to help raise money for a charity close to his family’s heart.

Christopher Nelson tragically passed away in 2015 while in Amsterdam, aged just 24. His family have since been heavily involved in fundraising efforts for Edinburgh Children’s Hospital Charity (ECHC) and have raised nearly £25,000.

Christopher, pictured with his dad Scott.

Christopher, pictured with his dad Scott.

Now his father Scott, along with friends, will cycle from Glasgow to Edinburgh to raise funds for the charity as part of Pedal for Scotland’s Big Belter cycle on Sunday.

He said: “ECHC was Christopher’s chosen charity and supported him when he was in hospital as a boy, so the family and our friends have been doing all sorts of mad challenges to raise money. My wife and her friends did Tough Mudder in June, so now it’s the boys’ turn to pass the finish line for my laddie.”

ECHC supports the work of the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in the capital. Scott added: “When Christopher was younger, he was constantly in and out of A&E at the Sick Kids with different sporting injuries, and in some cases he was bed ridden, but he was such an active child he found it difficult to stay in bed.

“ECHC supplied him with a games console which they brought to him so he could play it without having to get up. It made the world of difference not only to him but to us.

“He spent his first night away from home there and he was so at ease, he even thought he had been staying at a hotel which made us laugh.

“We’re so grateful to everyone for their continued support in helping us keep Christopher’s memory alive, and in aid of such a fantastic cause. It means everything to us.”

Sue Diamond, Community Fundraising Manager at ECHC, said: “We are so grateful and honoured to be chosen as Christopher’s charity.

“The money raised will have a huge impact on the lives of young patients and their families and make a phenomenal difference during their time at the new hospital.

“The family have done so many admirable and amazing things and we wish Scott the very best for his fantastic cycle.”

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