Charity walk in memory of Kirkintilloch lawyer to help fund vaccine for Crohn’s sufferers

Billy Gallacher, who founded Gallacher & Co Solicitors in Kirkintilloch

Billy Gallacher, who founded Gallacher & Co Solicitors in Kirkintilloch

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Four walkers are taking part in a 20-mile hike on Saturday in memory of a young Kirkintilloch lawyer to help victims of Crohn’s disease.

Billy Gallacher, who founded Gallacher & Co Solicitors at Cowgate, died of Crohn’s complicated by bowel cancer, aged 33. This year is the 20th anniversary of his death.

His widow Liz and three friends are walking from Loch Lomond to Glasgow to help raise funds for a vaccine which researchers believe is a breakthrough in the search for a cure for the debilitating inflammatory bowel disease.

The therapeutic vaccine is being manufactured at research university King’s College in London. So far, Crohn’s patients and their families have raised £188,000 of the £470,000 needed to get the vaccine from the lab to human clinical trials.

To donate, visit www.justgiving.com/Elizabeth-Gallacher1MEN9150

Scotland has one of the highest rates of Crohn’s disease in the world and it is increasing rapidly, particularly in children.

For more info on the MAP vaccine for Crohn’s, visit https://www.facebook.com/crohnsmapvaccine/