AN Eyemouth woman is aiming to raise around £1,000 for the Berwickshire Group Riding for Disabled Association by running the Edinburgh Marathon for the third time.
Heather Dalgleish, a nursery nurse at Eyemouth and Coldingham Primary schools, raised money for street children in Peru when she completed the gruelling 26-mile course with daughter Amy last year.
This year she intends to raise funds for another good cause, far closer to home.
Based in Reston, the Berwickshire Group Riding for Disabled Association offers riding and equestrian vaulting to disabled people. Heather’s sister, Janice, has been a volunteer for many years.
Heather explained: “I’ve been really impressed by the good work my sister and other volunteers do for the disabled in Reston.
“The group are trying to raise money for a hoist to help riders get on and off a horse. I believe it will cost something like £10,000, but it would make an incredible difference to the riders and volunteers.
“I’m hoping to raise £1,000 for the hoist.”
Heather’s training for the marathon has been curtailed by injury, but she is determined to complete the course for such a worthy cause.
“This will be my third marathon and I had been aiming to do it in under four and a half hours, but but because of injuries and other things my training is behind schedule,” she added.
“My goal now is just to finish it. The most important thing is raising awareness of the good work done by the Berwickshire RDA and raising some money for a great cause, so I’m determined to get round.”
Sponsorship donations can be handed in to Heather at Eyemouth Primary School.