A KEIGHLEY woman is again stepping out along the canal towpath to raise cash for her disabled nephew.

Rachael Meeking will be sponsored to walk 13 miles from Keighley to Skipton to support teenager Scott Story, who suffers from a life-limiting, muscle wasting condition.

Rachael will be walking in fancy dress alongside the Leeds and Liverpool Canal on April 21 with her daughter Korah Meeking and her friend Ady Maiden. Both children are 11.

Scott, who attends South Craven School in Cross Hills, lives with Duchenne muscular dystrophy and needs specially-adapted accommodation and equipment for everyday living.

Mum-of-four Rachael, who lives in Braithwaite, did a sponsored walk in 2017, which raised more than £1,300, double the original target.

She raised more money later last year with a drag queen event, which featured a comedy act from Miss Ora Leigh.

Rachael said: “The two events raised money towards the build of Scott’s family’s new home which they have moved into, but now we need money for some specialist equipment.”

Rachael said this year’s original target was £600, which has already been exceeded with a generous £1000 donation from XS Training Limited and several public donations.

She said: “We want to recognise the generosity of everyone who has donated, especially the company.”

Rachael, Korah and Ady will set off on April 21 at 10am from Church Street in Keighley and end at Skipton Castle.

She said: “I know this is going to be hard for myself and especially for the two 11-year-old girls, but we are using our legs as Scott can no longer use his.

“If you see us on the day give us a cheer to help us along our way! We will also have collection buckets with us while we’re walking.”

Scott, 15, lives in Skipton and has to use a wheelchair, but his family have always tried to give him as much independence as possible at home, along with joyful experiences.

Funding was available to extend the family’s house in Skipton to provide Scott his own bedroom and bathroom, but the family discovered there was no money available for the equipment he needs for everyday living.

Rachael said bathroom adaptations and equipment such as hoists were needed to help him around the house.

She said: “There is no cure for his condition, which is relentless and progressive, but he has a very positive attitude and is determined that he won’t be beaten.”

“He does his best in everything he tackles.

“Scott’s always been a bit shy, but he has some really good friends and like many boys his age, he loves nothing more than playing on his Xbox. He is a happy, funny boy.”

Scott grew normally during his first year of life and was walking at 16 months. But as he continued to develop, his family noticed he wasn’t as agile as other children.

He was diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, which affects the heart and lungs, in 2007.

Visit justgiving.com/crowdfunding/rachael-meeking-1 to donate in aid of Scott.