Bo’ness man raises thousands for charity

Eddie Hughes (right) presents a �9,700 cheque to Linlithgow Cancer Research Assistant Manager Yvonne Stevenson as friend and fellow fundraiser Andy Winning looks on
Eddie Hughes (right) presents a �9,700 cheque to Linlithgow Cancer Research Assistant Manager Yvonne Stevenson as friend and fellow fundraiser Andy Winning looks on

Running through the streets of London was a successful mission for Bo’ness man Eddie Hughes who completed his seventh marathon to raise money for cancer charities.

Eddie (56) is supported by his friend Robert Grant who joined Eddie last year to help with the work of raising sponsorship and donations for their chosen charities in memory of family members.

Eddie’s sister-in-law Moira Kirkham, sister of Eddie’s wife, died of breast cancer in 2004 at the age of 44; Robert’s involvement is in memory of his mother Violet Davidson who also died of cancer.

Eddie tells how he started running.

He said: “I was overweight and didn’t have a healthy lifestyle. I went along to watch a 10k run in Glasgow and somebody didn’t turn up. Somebody suggested I should take the place which I did. It was hard work and, at the end of the run, I vowed never to do this again! However, now I prepare in the right way with proper training and I am more sensible about my health and lifestyle.”

Robert and Eddie have expressed thanks to fellow Bo’ness men George Brown, Stuart Lapsley and John Bailey for significant donations towards the sponsorship; and Andy Winning, director of Falkirk company Boilers on Finance.com, who pledged £10 for every installation made by the company over a two months period which brought £1000.

Thanks also goes to Fison’s Social Club, Bo’ness Darts League and Falkirk League; Eddie’s workmates at Walker Timber who made donations as did a number of other businesses in Linlithgow, Bo’ness and Grangemouth.

The total raised was £9,700 and Corbie Inn stepped in with a donation of £300 to make the total realised a nice round sum of £10,000.