THE generosity of Hawick people has been “just phenomenal” – that’s according to the daughter of brave cancer battler Kenny Thomson
And after a final tally from a sposnored walk, bike ride at Think Fitness and popular coffee morning revealed that Teries have helped to raise £5,300 for charity, the family is thrilled to be able boost two charities close to their heart.
Katrina, whose dad is being treated for rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare form of cancer which developed as a result of an uncommon side effect from treatment for retinoblastoma (cancer of the eyes) 49 years ago, which she has also inherited, told the Hawick News: “We wanted to show our appreciation for all the hard work that health care professionals have shown dad over the years. And the support and generosity from the people of Hawick and surrounding areas has been just phenomenal.
“We had no idea when we started fund-raising that we would be able to raise a total as large as we did.”
Such staunch support for a walk to Denholm, a coffee morning which Katrina describes as “one of the busiest coffee mornings in Hawick in years”, and Kenny and four friends pedalling 100km in the gym, the distance from Hawick to the Western General Hospital – via the bypass – has ensured that both Sarcoma UK and The Childhood Eye Cancer Trust (CHECT) will each receive £2,650.
Katrina added: “We’d like to thank family, friends and the public for their kind donations and support. It has been truly overwhelming.”