Fundraising goes on for marathon pair

SBBN-10-07-14 Louise Phillips and daughter Nikki at the start of one Louise's 14 marathons in 2014

SBBN-10-07-14 Louise Phillips and daughter Nikki at the start of one Louise's 14 marathons in 2014

Two Berwickshire runners have been putting their best feet forward for their chosen charities in recent months.

Jamie Orr visited Borders General Hospital to hand over a cheque to staff on the dialysis ward, while Louise Phillips met the little boy who inspired her to attempt a heroic series of long distance runs.

It’s the halfway point for Louise, 45, in her ‘14 in 14 for Freddie’ challenge.

Duns-born Louise set herself the target of running 14 marathons this year to raise money for Freddie Saunders from Leominster in Herefordshire.

Little Freddie was in a car crash last autumn, leaving him with a serious spinal injury.

Louise is feeling spurred on towards her goal after meeting two-year-old Freddie for the first time last month.

She is just over halfway towards her fundraising target of £5,000. Funds are to go towards a sensory playroom for Freddie, for him to use once he returns home from Birmingham Childrens Hospital.

Louise’s eighth race is approaching fast: on July 13 she takes on the Wales Marathon.

Starting and finishing in Tenby, she will make her way along the 26.2 mile course past Pembroke Castle and along stretches of beautiful beaches and countryside.

Louise says that she is thankful this event takes place on the road after the gruelling Trail Wales Marathon which took over five hours, along steep rocky paths and country tracks.

You can follow her progress on her ‘14 in 14 for Freddie’ Facebook page, or donate via

Meanwhile, another local runner, Jamie Orr from Rumbleton Law Farm near Greenlaw, visited the Dialysis Unit at Borders General Hospital to present staff with funds he raised by running the Edinburgh Marathon.

Jamie, who now lives inAberdeen, raised an outstanding £1,353, running what was only his second marathon.

He was running for The Difference, a charity that works on enhancing patient care in the Borders.

Jamie said: “My Grandad receives full time dialysis care on a permanent basis at this unit and so it is people like him who will benefit from donations.”

You can still sponsor Jamie at or by texting: JORR91 £X to 70070.




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