A Kilwinning teenager is holding a fundraiser to raise money for the charity helping his dad through his cancer diagnosis.

Kieran Baird, 19, has organised a family fun day to benefit of the Beatson Cancer Charity which has been helping his dad Mick since 2019, when he was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer called GIST.

The event will take place in Academy Park (formerly Almswall Astroturf) on June 17 where Kilwinning's Eleven and Kilwinning United will play a charity football match and families can enjoy attractions such as bouncy castles, stalls and face painting.

Kieran said: “I wanted to do something that was more related to folk round about my age.

“It’s done really well so far: both the teams filled up really quickly and everything’s going really well.

“The Beatson’s done a lot for me and my family and obviously my dad.

“I did a fundraiser two years ago for my birthday but this time I want to raise as much money as possible for them.”

Football has been a big part of the father and son’s lives as Kieran is a keen player and fan and dad Mick is the chair of Kilwinning Football Academy - who play in Academy Park.

Their shared love of football makes the fun day and charity match even more special for Kieran.

He added: “100 per cent, football is important to my dad.

“It’s something that me and my dad had a really close bond over growing up.”

Kieran is also holding a fundraiser for the charity which has raised £636 at the time of writing.

For just £2, locals can visit the fun day which starts at 12pm with the match kicking off at 3pm.

More information on where to buy tickets will be available later.

Donate to the fundraiser here: www.justgiving.com/page/kieran-baird-1677602935679.