A PAIR of Inverclyde charity champions completed a colourful fun run and raised hundreds of pounds for a severely disabled Port Glasgow man.

Friends Joyce Murdoch and Christine Anderson took part in the annual Glasgow Bubble Rush 5k race in aid of Matthew Luke.

The pair navigated swathes of colourful bubbles en route to the finish line in Bellahouston Park in May, raising £500.

They chose to use the event to raise money for Matthew, 24, who is Joyce's relative.

He contracted meningitis at the age of five but the illness was not immediately spotted by medics and led to serious health complications, which have worsened over the years.

Matthew is now wheelchair-bound and a campaign was launched last year to help raise money to allow him to continue living in his Arran Avenue home by building a downstairs extension, featuring a bedroom and wetroom to meet his needs.

Christine, who runs Inverclyde Gymnastics, and Joyce, who works at Greenock's Waterfront Leisure Complex, have raised thousands of pounds over the years for various causes and decided to pull on their running shoes this time round to help Matthew.

Joyce said: "It was our first time doing the Bubble Rush and it was great.

"I didn't know what to expect but we were every colour under the sun.

"At one point, I lost Christine in yellow bubbles.

"It was amazing and for such a good cause. "We'd like to thank everybody for their kind donations and a special thanks to The Exchange in Greenock and the Cardwell Bar in Gourock.

"They were a big help and helped us raise so much money."

Matthew's mum Sarah was thrilled with the donation from the dynamic duo, which will go straight towards the extension.

She said: "It's amazing - Joyce and Christine have been brilliant.

"It was totally unexpected when they phoned and said they would do it for Matthew. "It's so humbling that people are doing things for him. "The extension has actually started now.

"It will give Matthew his own bedroom and wetroom downstairs because he can't get upstairs. "We didn't realise how good people are, and local companies as well.

"Everybody has been great."