Rueben’s tribute to late uncle

Rueben Gilchrist
Rueben Gilchrist

A caring youngster will pull on his boots for a 12-mile walk to raise money in memory of his uncle who died at just 21-years-old.

Rueben Gilchrist and his fellow school pupils were given the ‘tenner challenge’ where they are each given £10 and the aim is to make as much money as possible.

The 11-year-old, who attends Craighead Primary in Milton of Campsie, decided that he wanted to use his money to buy walking boots and do a sponsored walk to raise money and awareness for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.

Rueben’s uncle, Ryan Graham, sadly passed away almost five years ago from the condition when he was only 21.

Cystic fibrosis is a genetic condition in which the lungs and digestive system become clogged with thick sticky mucus.

Rueben, who has Asperger syndrome, will walk from his home in Milton of Campsie to Strathblane on March 22 with his mum Naomi and uncle Anthony.

Naomi said: “Rueben and Ryan were very close, he was a great uncle and Rueben said that ‘if a little money could help towards finding a cure, then other kids wouldn’t have to miss their uncles, family and friends’.

“I am unbelievably proud of my amazing, considerate son.

“So far he has raised over £350 online and has 137 people on his Facebook page giving him lots of compliments and encouragement. This has been great for Rueben as he suffers from Asperger syndrome so has given him an unbelievable confidence boost.

“We also have had great support from the local community with our local chemist, hairdressers and pub asking for sponsor forms and tins to have in their shops.”

You can also sponsor Rueben by visiting