Commonwealth adventure has profound effect on Iain

Sir Chris Hoy (UNICEF UK Ambassador, black t-shirt) and Iain Horrocks (Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, blue t-shirt) after arriving at Nadzikhale Village Clinic. Nadzikhale, Malawi. 30th April 2014. Picture by Jordi Matas
Sir Chris Hoy (UNICEF UK Ambassador, black t-shirt) and Iain Horrocks (Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, blue t-shirt) after arriving at Nadzikhale Village Clinic. Nadzikhale, Malawi. 30th April 2014. Picture by Jordi Matas

The opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games yesterday evening (Wednesday) featured a film about a doctor who grew up in Stonehaven.

Dr Iain Horrocks (42), now a consultant paediatric neurologist at Glasgow’s Yorkhill Hospital, was invited by Unicef to take part in a project which saw him travel to Malawi to help give training to a health provider named Daniel.

A keen cyclist, who bikes 11 miles to work every day, Dr Horrocks was teamed up with Sir Chris Hoy, and the pair accompanied Daniel on visits to patients.

Daniel was given a bike by Unicef to enable him to cover a wider area which is not accessible by car, and Iain was able to educate him about recognising signs of malnutrition and malaria, while also supplying him with simple drugs which could help prevent the illness.

Iain and his sisters, Fiona and Nicky, grew up in Stonehaven.

Their father taught biology at Mackie Academy, while their mother was a teacher at Mill o’ Forest Primary.

Nicky Marr said that the experience had a profound effect on her brother.

And she added: “Iain’s had 20 years of medical training, and he does a fantastic job.

‘‘However, it really struck him that Daniel could make such a difference in Malawi with just a backpack and limited medical supplies.

‘‘ He’s making a huge difference to people’s lives with very limited resources.

“I am very proud of Iain, but I would never tell him that!”

If you missed it, you can watch the opening ceremony of the Games on BBC Iplayer.