A WEE COUNTY man is firing ahead with a fundraising challenge which will see him visit every professional football ground in Scotland.

Graeme Tulloch was looking for a way to raise money for Alzheimer Scotland, having lost relatives to the condition.

Being a keen cyclist and football fan, the Menstrie native decided to merge the two in a bid to raise as much cash as possible.

Having already completed trips to Dunfermline Athletic, St Johnstone, Stirling Albion and local club Alloa, Graeme is gearing himself up for some mammoth trips up and down the country, as well as one to the club he supports.

Speaking to the Advertiser about his challenge, Graeme said: "Most of us will have known someone affected or someone who has been lost to dementia in our lives.

"I've lost three grandparents to Alzheimer's so it is very close to my heart, I wanted to do my part to raise a little awareness and make a donation to Alzheimer Scotland.

"Alzheimer Scotland works to make sure nobody faces dementia alone, something that's important to so many people."

The challenge is about to become significantly more difficult for the driving instructor, as he is preparing for a 167-mile trip to Dingwall to see the home of Ross County, followed by a 103-mile cycle to Annan Athletic's Galabank Stadium.

Eventually, Graeme will end up in Glasgow where he will visit Hampden Park, Celtic Park and Ibrox Stadium, where his boyhood club Rangers play.

Graeme explained why this particular challenge appealed to him: "My two passions are football and cycling so something that could combine the two and for a great cause all the better.

"I've always wanted to do a sporting challenge that would push me and this ticks the box.

"I'm a massive Rangers fan, so I'm really looking forward to going to Ibrox. However, it won't stop me from getting a photo outside Celtic Park as it's for such a good cause."

While the challenge still has many legs to go, Graeme says he has been blown away by the support he has received.

He said: "I've been totally overwhelmed, I have nearly raised my entire £500 target and have only cycled to [a few] out of the 42 stadiums thus far.

"I can't thank everyone enough, in these difficult times especially it's pretty heart-warming to see people donate. Alzheimer's Scotland is a truly worthwhile cause though, no one should face dementia alone."

To donate towards Graeme's fundraiser, go to www.justgiving.com/fundraising/graeme-tulloch