Warm praise for fund-raiser Gavin who really did go the extra mile

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Former Hawick News reporter Gavin Gibbon has completed his marathons for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, raising more than £6,000 in the process.

And the 33-year old has received great praise from both the charity and the mum of his niece who inspired him to run 12 marathons, and host a successful dinner.

Hazel Gibbon, whose daughter Sophie (pictured) suffers from the disease, stated: “I’m completely overwhelmed at how well Gavin has done and at the generosity of townsfolk. I was very emotional at every marathon, especially the last as myself and Sophie were unable to see Gavin finish, as she was in hospital receiving intravenous antibiotics.”

She added: “I’m one very proud mum and sister in-law that Gavin has raised so much money and awareness for the trust.”

June Ross, the trust’s regional fund-raising manager (also pictured) commented: “We’re absolutely delighted to receive this fantastic amount, which will be used to help find better treatments for cystic fibrosis sufferers. And a big, special thank you to Gavin for his fantastic achievement.”

Gavin, now working in Dubai, said: “I can’t believe the amount I raised. The support I’ve had has been overwhelming and I could never have achieved what I did without it.”