Charity man in marathon fundraiser

Eddie Hughes from Bo'ness raised �3,500 for Cancer Research and �1000 for Alzheimer's Research.
Eddie Hughes from Bo'ness raised �3,500 for Cancer Research and �1000 for Alzheimer's Research.

Bo’ness man, Eddie Hughes, (54), has recently handed over £5,500 to charity, and all raised through his love of running.

Eddie, who works as a timber framer for Metsa Wood in Grangemouth has been running marathons for several years, and decided to combine his love for the sport with fund-

Over the last 4-5 years he has competed in both the Glasgow and Edinburgh half marathons, and this year also took on the Edinburgh marathon.

His fundraising efforts have paid dividends and earlier this year he handed over two cheques to Cancer Research UK and the Alzheimer’s Society totalling £5,500.

A spokesperson for Cancer Research UK said: “We are extremely lucky to have people like Eddie out there fundraising on our behalf.

“This was a huge achievement for him from which we have benefited. The £4,500 will be put to great use. Cancer Research UK is the leading charity dedicated to investigating and finding cures for all types of cancers.

The death rate from cancer has dropped by more than a fifth since the 1990s.

In 1990, 220 in every 100,000 people died of cancer. Thanks to research this fell overall by 22 per cent to 170 per 100,000 in 2011.

Research has proved to be the key factor in reducing the number of lives lost to cancer, with improved knowledge about preventing the disease, and more effective drugs all boosting the outcome for patients.

Without people like Eddie, Cancer Research UK say they couldn’t possibly continue forging ahead and making the headway they are in beating the disease.

Alzheimers Scotland, who received £1,000 said: “With Eddie’s help, Alzheimer Scotland aims to remain the foremost provider of support services and information for people with dementia, their families and friends throughout Scotland and to be a leading force for change.

“We are exceptionally lucky, and grateful to have such wonderful people helping us with our challenge.’’