Stephen Gately’s brother Tony tackles Great Scottish Run in his memory

Stephen Gately and brother Tony
In loving memory: Stephen Gately and Tony left, and Tony getting ready for Sunday's Great Scottish Run race

Stephen Gately’s brother is taking part in the Great Scottish Run this Sunday, in memory of the late Boyzone star, who sadly passed away in 2009.

Tony Gately, 30, was understandably left devastated by his brother’s death, caused by an undiagnosed heart condition.

Now he’s determined to do whatever he can to raise funds and awareness for CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young), and has decided to compete in this Sunday’s 10K in Glasgow to do just that.

Speaking exclusively to stv.tv, Tony’s wife Claire said: “Stephen passed away in 2009 from an undiagnosed heart condition so Tony felt it was important to raise awareness for other young people to go out and get checked, as obviously Stephen never knew it was something he had.

“So raising awareness and going out and promoting the charity is important to him.”

Although devastated by Stephen’s shock death at the age of just 33, Tony and Claire have been comforted by the support they’ve received from other families who have gone through similar heartbreak.

Focusing his energy on helping CRY has been a huge comfort to the Gately family too, Claire explained.

“Tony has never got over it, it has really affected him, but this is something positive to focus on. And the way Tony sees it, if he can save one life and get people to go along and get themselves checked out [for heart conditions] it’s worth it.”

Tony has been working hard training for his 10K challenge this Sunday, and the Gately family are planning to go along to support him on the big day.

So far, Edinburgh-based Tony has raised over £1,670, with more donations still to be tallied up, and the family - including the couple's three sons Josh, nine, Adam, six, and Harry, seven months - will also be getting involved in extra fundraising on the day, helping run a CRY stand offering merchandise and home baking, as well as face painting and other fun activities.

And while Claire said it was a comfort to the family being involved with the charity, she admitted Tony will no doubt find his emotions are running high on Sunday.

“I think it will be quite hard for him on the day, but he’s so positive about it at the moment. He said to me yesterday he knows Stephen is going to be with him.”

After his Great Scottish Run challenge, Tony - who himself dabbled with the idea of a music career in his youth, like elder brother Stephen - will be turning his attention to a charity single he is releasing in October, called He’s Still Around, with a percentage of the profits going to CRY.

If you would like to donate to Tony’s Great Scottish Run fundraising efforts, you can visit his JustGiving page. You can also follow him on Twitter @AnthonyGately.

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