Duns fundraising event proves to be an outstanding success

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The generosity of the people of Duns and Chirnside this weekend has been simply astounding.

A staggering £12,200 was raised at the Duns ‘Moctober Extravaganza’ which included a Rally Car Pull, Sponsored Shave, Hog Roast and Charity Auction all in aid of Prostate Cancer Research and St Columba’s Hospice - and more money is still to come in!

John Craik has had his moustache for 35 years but Chris Ditcham shaved it off on Sunday all in tyhe name of charity.

John Craik has had his moustache for 35 years but Chris Ditcham shaved it off on Sunday all in tyhe name of charity.

A group of local fundraisers has been working tirelessly for the past two months planning the event, and they can be truly proud of their efforts for it proved to be a remarkable success.

The day’s events kicked off with the rally car pull which started from the former home of the late, great Jim Clark, at Edington Mill and made its way to the Jim Clark Memorial Trophy Room in Newtown Street, Duns - 8.5 miles.

A total of 20 teams took part with each of them gathering sponsorship. Thanks must go to them all for their great effort.

When the pull arrived in Chirnside the car, led by Duns Pipe Band, was pulled through the village by the Chirnside Tartan Army. The residents of Chirnside turned out in force to cheer them on and supported them with their generous donations

Once in Duns, the car was again led by the pipe band, and the teams were given a great ovation by the large crowd which had gathered in the Market Square to cheer them on.

The final leg of the pull along Newtown Street was completed by a team of ‘Golden Oldies’, some of whom have suffered prostrate cancer themselves, and they received a rapturous welcome at the finish line where former Scottish Rally Champion Mike Horne entertained with a few ‘doughnuts’.

The organisers would like to thank motorists for their patience on the Duns to Chirnside road on Sunday during the pull and some even stopped to make a donation.

During the month of October 27 volunteers agreed to grow beards and moustaches as part of ‘Moctober’ and raise more sponsorship. Coldstream barber Chris Ditcham was certainly kept busy as the volunteers had their facial hair removed in a grand ‘Turkish shave’ at the Black Bull Hotel. One brave soul even had his chest waxed!

A Hog Roast was then enjoyed before the Grand Auction. Bidding for the 43 lots on offer was brisk and the gratifying sum of £2,701 was traised. Bidders dug deep and Jane Waldron even forked out for a bucket of manure - despite the fact that she lives in a second floor flat in Aberdeen!

Entertainment on the night was proved by local ban Morf Snud.

A spokesman for the organisers said: “We are absolutely astounded at the generosity of the people of Duns and Chirnside and the local businesses who have given so freely in such difficult economic times.

“We have had a truly amazing response from all ages. People were knocking on windows of their homes wanting to donate as the teams passed by and motorists were stopping their cars to throw money into the collecting buckets, it was brilliant.

“We just can’t thank everyone enough for helping to make the event such a success.”

Anyone still wishing to make a donation can do so at the Royal Bank of Scotland, Duns branch (account number 00694077).