News of fund-raiser reaches Canada

Charity cyclist Dougie Welsh
Charity cyclist Dougie Welsh

CHARITY cyclist Dougie Welsh has received support all the way from Canada – thanks to the Hawick News.

The 49-year-old is taking part in the mammoth run from John O’ Groats to Galashiels at the start of next month in aid of the Rowan Boland Memorial Trust – set up following the tragic death of the nine-year-old boy at Gala Cricket Club last year.

And a recent article, explaining his fund-raising exploits, has led to a donation from exiled Teri David Naylor.

In an email to Dougie, he wrote: “Like everyone else I was gutted when I read about Rowan, especially as I have two boys who are around the same age. The oldest was born with a heart murmur which has since corrected itself. I played against Ecky [Boland[ at both rugby and cricket and I worked briefly with him at Exacta.

“I grew up playing against many Gala boys and always enjoyed a few pints and a laugh after the games.

“My father is over here on holiday and he brought over a Hawick News that had your article in it.

“I am going to send him back with some Canadian dollars to emphasise the fact that when great things like this gets reported in the local papers then it gets broadcast worldwide for all to see.”

Dougie’s challenge takes place between September 4-10, and anyone wishing to sponsor him can do so via a form at Plumb Trade Supplies, on r_dougie@yahoo