AN inspirational young Greenock man has gone the extra mile in a tribute in memory of his late mother.

Patrick Beckett, 31, was left devastated when his 'amazing' mum Agnes passed away at the age of 61 after being diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.

Now Patrick, together with his partner Carly Miller and their friends Martin and Faye Fowler, has raised £1,200 for the British Lung Foundation after completing the Edinburgh half marathon.

He hopes it is a fitting tribute to a special person who is sadly missed by all her family and friends.

Patrick, of Brisbane Street, said: "My mum was great - she was such an inspiration.

"Everyone who met her said that about her.

"She would give you her the last penny in her pocket, that was the type of person she was.

"She was a beautiful woman, so brave and so caring - she was awesome."

Patrick said his mum Agnes had always been fit and healthy throughout her life until she developed a cough.

He said: "She never had any issues, this happened all of a sudden.

"She had started coughing a lot more so she went to get it checked out."

Agnes underwent tests and was later diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis - an incurable condition in which the lungs become scarred and breathing becomes increasingly difficult.

In people with the condition, the tiny air sacs in the lungs (alveoli) become damaged and increasingly scarred.

This causes the lungs to become stiff and means it's difficult for oxygen to get into the blood.

Patrick said: "The doctors saw a shadow on her lung and did more tests.

"They realised that it was scarring rather than anything else.

"The lungs are scarring and hardening until they don't work anymore.

"It was so hard to hear."

Patrick said his mum was typically courageous throughout her illness with support from his dad John.

He said: "My dad was the most supportive person - he did absolutely everything he could to make sure he was always there for her."

Agnes sadly passed away in November 2017, two years after her diagnosis.

Patrick said: "It wasn't the illness itself that killed my mum, it was a chest infection.

"What happened was that the tendrils in the lungs that push infections from one part to the other had stopped working."

Patrick, who also has a brother called John, says his mum was the inspiration behind him raising money for the British Lung Foundation - the UK charity which aims to improve care and to prevent, treat and cure lung diseases.

He said: "Doing the half marathon was very emotional.

"There's so little information out there about this illness so raising any money was great.

"I came through the finish line with a woman who was also doing it for the British Lung Foundation, which was special.

"If I can contribute anything to further the charity's investigation then that would be amazing."

Patrick, who has thanked all his sponsors, is also keen to raise awareness of the condition to help others who are going through similar circumstances.

He said: "I feel that if I had known more about it before my mum's diagnosis then I would've been much more prepared."

Patrick now plans to raise even more money for the charity with his sights set on The Three Peaks Challenge and the Great Scottish Run.

He said: "When you suffer a loss, it motivates you to give back to the people that are helping.

"Hopefully a cure can be found."

Patrick's partner Carly, who completed the Edinburgh 10k, is very proud of how he has coped with his grief.

She said: "Patrick just kept on thinking about everyone else - his dad and his brother.

"He never thought about himself.

"He was very brave."