Harry’s game a crying game for Stuart

A HEALTHY crowd turned out to support the Great Ormond Street Hospital charity at The Haugh, Earlston, on Saturday.

Earlston RFC took on Harry’s Hurricanes, a team of weel-kent faces past and present from Borders rugby, including Fraser Harkness, Darren Gillespie, Kevin Amos, Kevin Reid, John Szkudro, Gareth “Hovis” Brown and Graham Hogg.

The team was captained by young Harry McCulloch, son of local rugby commentator Stuart, and the whole day was put together as a thank you from Harry’s family to the staff at Great Ormond Street Hospital who looked after him so well over a long period.

Harry is now eight years old. At the age of 16 months, he was diagnosed with hydrocephalus (fluid on the brain) which resulted in the youngster having to endure numerous but successful operations.

But while the game was played in a friendly spirit there was some full-on rugby on view, and Stuart McCulloch, who pulled on a rugby jersey for the first time in 27 years, was on the receiving end of a couple of knocks. However, in the end, he was thrilled with the response from everyone involved from players to spectators and sponsors who contributed to the cause.

He said: “I can’t thank everyone enough. We’ve raised money for Harry’s Trust and the people and players have been phenomenal.

“As for me, well I won’t be able to walk for a few days.”