A loving Dalmellington dad has been smashing a charity challenge in aid of a good cause close to his heart.

Mark Graham has been taking on Cerebral Palsy Scotland's January challenge of walking or running 30 miles in January.

His daughter Rebecca has cerebral palsy and has joined her dad during some of his walks.

Cumnock Chronicle: Mark on his challenge.Mark on his challenge. (Image: Submitted.)

Mark's wife Elaine has also been acting as a keen supporter during his fundraising challenge.

She said: "He just decided he was going to raise money for the charity, because he knows hard it is with someone with cerebral palsy.

"The challenge was to do 30 miles but he's well exceeded that already and I think he's up at 70 miles or something like that.

"He's really pushed himself and it's something he just decided to do quite randomly."

Elaine said the charity can be a literal lifeline for so many families, which is why Mark is so keen to help out.

Cumnock Chronicle: He's smashed through the target already.He's smashed through the target already. (Image: Submitted.)

She added: "They're full of information and it doesn't matter what your problem is.

If you contact them and explain to them, they'll get back to you and help you better understand what's going on.

"They're specialised on the condition, so they know the specifics.

"Rebecca hasn't actually had to use the service directly, it was just because that's the Scottish branch of the charity and that's why Mark's doing it for them.

"Rebecca's went a few walks with him, but the majority of the time he'll just get up and go.

"He's been doing great and Rebecca and I are really proud of him".

Mark's total currently stands at just over £800 for the charity but he's aiming to push that beyond £1,000.

To support Mark's fundraising efforts, visit bit.ly/47FboqL.