A FIREFIGHTER set off on a 200-mile trek to Motherwell from his Mapplewell home on Wednesday morning to help fund his friend’s treatment for motor neurone disease.

Iain McDonald, 42, served as a recovery mechanic in the armed forces with Stu Carmichael - a Scottish man who was diagnosed with MND, a condition that affects the brain and nerves and becomes worse over time.

Stu has started a medical trial that involved a pioneering stem cell treatment to aid his condition.

Iain wants to raise £5,000 for his treatment and to do so he’s walking from Mapplewell to Stu’s home in Motherwell - and he’s already reached half his target.

He told the Chronicle: “I’ve had a few days’ rest and so I’m raring to go.

“I’m slightly nervous but I’m so excited to get going.

“I’m up to £2,500 raised now and I’ve been sponsored by a company so they’ve supplied me with all my equipment for the journey.

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“It’s 206 miles and I’m planning to get it all done in ten days.”

To donate to Iain’s fundraiser, search for ‘Airborne Warrior’ on justgiving.com.