Deeside taxi driver set for ‘fare’ walk

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A Deeside father and daughter, with a combined age of 108, are putting their best feet forward to raise money for charity.

Ljubisa Petrovich (75) from Drumoak and his daughter, Ivana (33) will be trekking 25 miles along Hadrian’s Wall this weekend (7th -8th September) to raise awareness of the rare and incurable degenerative brain disease Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP).

The illness claimed the life of their wife and mother, Mirjana in 2011.

Ljubisa, who is a driver for PLS Taxis said: “We are doing this in honour of my wife, Mirjana’s zest for life which was cut short... Mirjana lived life to the full before her illness; she enjoyed walking in Deeside, reading, painting and singing until she could no longer do the things she loved. We hope that our efforts will contribute towards finding out more about this condition and perhaps get us on the way to finding a cure.”

Ljubisa and his family came to Deeside unexpectedly 20 years ago when they had to flee the civil war in their homeland, the former Yugoslavia.

Arriving in Stonehaven’s Fetteresso church hall, they were looked after by local families. Mirjana was cared for full time by the staff at Pitmurchie Care Home, Torphins during the last couple of years of her life.

To donate: www.justgiving.com/IvanaPetrovich