Tommy Whitelaw was at Hampden Park this morning to meet Scottish FA chief executive Stewart Regan as he began his 'Tommy on Tour' journey around Scotland to help raise awareness for Alzheimer’s Scotland, one of the Scottish FA’s nominated charities.
Tommy will be visiting some famous landmarks across the country to help raise the profile of Alzheimer’s Scotland and help people suffering with Alzheimer’s disease and those caring for someone who suffers from the illness.
He will also be collecting letters on his journey from carers about their experiences in the hope that these can help others.
He said: “I’ll be going to different cities across Scotland this week starting off at Hampden Park. I’ll then launch the walk at Bellahouston Park before visiting Strathclyde Police, Rangers and Celtic, Nicola Sturgeon, Hamilton Fire Services and then finishing off in Motherwell.
“I look after my mum who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease and it is the most tragic and heart-breaking illness I have ever experienced in my life.
“I’ve been caring for her for four years now and up until I started my walk I thought I was the only person living like this. I just want to raise the profile of the disease and find ways of helping people like me who care for someone.
Tommy will be in Aberdeen tomorrow to continue the tour before heading to Dundee and Perth on Wednesday. He will then visit Falkirk and Stirling on Thursday before finishing off in Edinburgh on Friday.
He added: “I’m hoping people will embrace it and take time to send a letter if they have any experiences of the illness.
“At the end of the walk I’m hoping to take the letters and sit down with some MSPs to see if they can help us raise some awareness.”
His blog of the tour can be found here:http://tommy-on-tour-2011.blogspot.com