MSP for South Scotland Craig Hoy has raised £3,287.50 as part of a Cancer Research UK Race for Life event at Holyrood Park in Edinburgh.

Mr Hoy joined the Race for Life in memory of his father-in-law Alf, who died of cancer, and also his friends Val and Sue, who both passed away from the disease.

The Conservative MSP participated in the Race for Life after speaking in a debate in the Scottish Parliament to mark the 30th anniversary of the race.

The debate highlighted that one in two people would be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime, with Cancer Research UK’s work helping to identify treatments to improve outcomes for those diagnosed with cancer.

During the debate, Mr Hoy remarked: “Sadly, too many of us have only memories of a loved one who suffered from cancer but, thankfully, many more have the comfort of family or friends who have survived cancer – they have come through the treatment and are now living healthy and normal lives.

“They do so thanks to the huge efforts of a wide range of charities, clinicians and, of course, our NHS.

“That is why it is hugely important that we in this Parliament recognise those efforts and, particularly today, the efforts of Cancer Research UK.”

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Mr Hoy later commented: “It was great to take part in Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life at Holyrood Park and fundraise to support the vital work of the cancer charity.

“I would absolutely encourage anyone interested in giving the race a go to consider doing so, as the race can be done at any pace.”