Battler Shaun’s barbecue and bet boosts cancer fund

Shaun Connelly and wife Donna at their Oliver Park home.
Shaun Connelly and wife Donna at their Oliver Park home.

A local man who has spent the last three years battling cancer has raised £3,000 in the last five days to help fight the disease.

Shaun Connelly, his wife Donna and children Rachel and Bruce held a fundraising barbecue in his and neighbouring gardens in Oliver Park last weekend.

The event was attended by around 170 people who donated food, raffle prizes and cash in aid of Cancer Research.

By Monday the couple had raised £1,800 but the charity coffers were given a further boost when Shaun’s horse Go-Go Green won a race at Thirsk priced 14-1.

Big hearted battler Shaun then donated the proceeds of his £50 each way bet to charity adding a further £971.

As we went to press on Thursday, the grand total stood at £3,000 and speaking to the Hawick News, Shaun said: “This has been a truly great few days. The response we had at the weekend to the barbecue was brilliant. I just can’t thank people enough. Friends, family and local businesses have been great and their support is way beyond anything Donna and I expected.”

And talking of the charity bet boost, Shaun said: “Go-Go winning was the icing on the cake and it was always my intention to donate the winning. I am over the moon. A little tired after such a hectic weekend but what a boost this has been. Just brilliant. This has given me added confidence to go on and beat this and there’s no doubt I will do so.

“I would just like to say a huge thank you to everyone who made this possible.”