Enter the Great Scottish Swim at: Greatswim.org/Scottish

A doctor who was born with cerebral palsy is set to take on the Great Scottish Swim to raise money for the charity that have provided her with specialist care throughout her life.

Kirsty Colquhoun, from Glasgow, was born 10 weeks prematurely which resulted in her having cerebral palsy. She has diplegia, so her condition mainly affects her legs so she struggles mainly with lower mobility and balance.

Throughout her childhood, she underwent Bobath therapy, including physiotherapy and occupational therapy at the Scottish Bobath centre. The centre has dedicated therapists who offer treatment as well as support groups and advisory roles for families.

Kirsty was able to receive this therapy as her parents were part of the campaign that fundraised to open the centre 25 years ago. She was inspired to embark on her own fundraising journey for the Bobath Centre as an adult and has signed up to take part in the Great Scottish Swim in Loch Lomond on Saturday 25 August.

Kirsty, 35, said: “I was diagnosed with cerebral palsy after being born prematurely and with a lot of hard work throughout my life, Bobath therapy has been instrumental in getting me on my feet.

“My inspiring parents, along with a few others, fundraised to get the Scottish Bobath Centre up and running 25 years ago and it has gone from strength to strength since.

“The charity allows children and adults with cerebral palsy to lead as active and independent life as possible.

“There are dedicated therapists who provide things like physio but they also do so much more.

“They offered teen academies, support groups and advisory roles and the resources that I've used have been so vital to me. “But still think there a lot of challenges that those with cerebral palsy face and the stigma can be huge.

“I have been left inspired by the work that the charity does but speaking to young people who have the condition now has made me realise that 20 years on, there is still a gap in resources and attitudes towards disabilities.

“I decided I wanted to take on a challenge to be able to make sure others have the same chance that I had.”

Kirsty, who works as a Geriatrician in Glasgow Royal Infirmary, Gartnaval General and the Beatson, will take on the one mile distance at the Great Scottish Swim this August.

The event features over 2,000 swimmers who take the plunge to take part in an open water swim in the stunning surroundings of Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park. Kirsty added:

“I used to swim a lot in my younger years but after 17 years out the pool decided to take on a big challenge and I started open water swimming.

“Myself and my friend David both swim several times a week outside. It has been hard work but we are both loving seeing all of the beautiful lochs during our training and meeting new people.

“I decided to enter the Great Scottish Swim to put my swimming to good use and this is a cause that I am very passionate about. Bobath get 90 per cent of their funding from charity fundraising and without them there would be no dedicated services for adults with this condition.”

To support Kirsty's fundraising visit: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/kirsty-colquhoun3

Enter the Great Scottish Swim at: Greatswim.org/Scottish