David Bell of Greenlaw is preparing to put himself through a gruelling experience in aid of the Children’s Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS).
He will undertake a series of 10k runs and half marathons over the summer, culminating in the CHAS ‘Beat the Borders’ challenge.
David was inspired to raise funds for Scotland’s only children’s hospice charity after learning about the care received by family friends at Rachel House, a children’s hospice run by CHAS.
“They were fantastic with the help they offered, which included all the end of life stuff for families to prepare themselves,” he said.
Throughout the summer, he said: “I will be running and cycling hundreds of miles, over 16 or 20 events, up until I complete Beat the Borders on 30 August.
The event sees participants take part in a 12 hour multi-discipline challenge, although as a runner David thinks he can finish in much less time.
He has been training all year for the event, which sees him run and bike along a 58 mile route beginning and ending in Melrose.
All funds raised through Beat the Borders will be donated towards supporting care teams at CHAS’s two children’s hospices, Rachel House in Kinross and Robin House in Balloch and the home care service, CHAS at Home.
Over 350 families rely on the charity day to day in Scotland for short planned breaks, emergency support, end of life care and a range of bereavement services.
To support David, you can donate via Just Giving here: justgiving.com/david-bell17
If you would like to support CHAS or Beat the Borders please contact Alana Maxwell on 0131 444 4009 or go to www.chas.org.uk.