Raymond does spadework for causes close to his heart

Fund-raiser Raymond Nichol and the BGH's Lesley Fairbairn in front of a photograph of the late Carol Nichol
Fund-raiser Raymond Nichol and the BGH's Lesley Fairbairn in front of a photograph of the late Carol Nichol
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A retired gardener who was widowed earlier this year has raised £1,000 for charity after picking up his tools again in his wife’s memory.

Carol Nichol died aged 66 in February after losing her battle with liver cancer, and for grieving husband Raymond it sparked a decision to turn his grief into something positive.

The 67-year-old, of Hislop Gardens, spent the summer keeping busy by doing gardening jobs in the town for a donation of £8 an hour – and is thrilled he has been able to help those who cared for his wife. Mr Nichol told the Hawick News: “Carol was extremely well looked after at the Margaret Kerr Unit at Borders General Hospital and by the Macmillan Nurses team.

“The support she got during her illness was just tremendous and everybody who cared for her was just fantastic.”

It was due to the nurses doing such a “wonderful job” that Mr Nichol decided to give something back – inspired by what he says his late wife
would have wanted him to do.

Mr Nichol added: “Carol wouldn’t have wanted me to loaf around so I decided that although I had retired as a gardener, I wouldtake on gardening jobs and any money I raised would go to the Margaret Kerr Unit and the Macmillan Nurses.”

Since May, Mr Nichol has raised £1,000 and has donated £500 to each special cause.

Lesley Fairbairn, from the palliative care team at Borders General Hospital, commented: “Raymond has worked really hard and did a great job. The money he has raised will go to full use in many ways such as enhancing and improving patient comforts during difficult times.”