Cancer death man’s friends raise £2,000

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Friends and family of the late David Oliver have raised over £2,000 for charity in his memory.

A group of 14 people put their best feet forward and completed a sponsored walk in the name of the late mechanic, following his death last year from oesophageal (throat) cancer.

Organised by Scottish Borders Council lorry driver and former colleague Les Blaikie, the group were inspired to walk from Hawick to Newcastleton where Mr Oliver came from - whilst raising vital cash for three cancer charities. And despite having to battle against the elements, the group completed their 24-mile challenge successfully.

Walker Kerrie Blaikie, the daughter of organiser Les, told the Hawick News: ““The walk went well, and we were all in good spirits even though we walked through gale force wind and horrible rain.”

She added: “Davy’s wife June, and son Jamie, were full of thanks for the walk being organised in Davy’s memory and for raising money for great charities close to their hearts.”

A total of £2,445 will be divided between The Margaret Kerr Unit, the McMillan Cancer Centre and Ochre Cancer Research.