SEVEN-year-old Callum Murray’s brave battle with leukeamia has inspired townsfolk to raise more than £3,000 in just one week.
The plight of the popular young Teri, the son of former Greens player Colin Murray and wife Tracy (nee Froud), who is currently undergoing treatment at the the Edinburgh Sick Kids’ Hospital, has touched local hearts and already led to fund-raising efforts at Drumlanrig school and Linden RFC.
But last week it was the turn of Barrie Knitwear to rally round the family, showing its affection for colleague and Callum’s granny, Linda Murray. Staff contributed groceries to a hamper which became an overflowing Morrisons trolley, gathered 42 raffle prizes and 44 bottles for a draw, and also baked for a large cake sale, in total raising just over £1,000.
A spokesperson for the Burnfoot factory said: “We wanted to do something to help Linda’s Colin and Tracy due to the pressure they were under, do something to lend a helping hand. It was a real team effort and everyone wanted to help. Everyone’s kindness really came through, and even Jill Sharkey, who won the hamper, donated it to be raffled again or used by the family.” Money was also raised by staff donating instead of sending Christmas cards, and funds made from redressing workers garments throughout the year was also added.
Collar linker Linda, who has worked there for more than 23 years, told the Hawick News: “I always knew how caring everyone was in the mill, but I’ve been totally overwhelmed by their kindness on this occasion.”
And on Saturday night, Callum’s school continued its fund-raising for the family and the hospital, with a hugely successful Stevie T Band concert which attracted more than 150 people, raising over £2,000. A spokesperson said: “The staff, parent council and Murray family would like to thank everyone for their generosity. It was a fantastic night.”