Maxton granddad’s baby charity hike

RETIRED scientist Tom Veitch will start to walk the Pennine Way for charity later this month.

The Duns-born 65-year-old, now living in Maxton, is walking for the village’s chosen charity this year, the special care baby unit at the Borders General Hospital.

The grandfather-of-two said: “I’ve had a hankering to do the Pennine Way for the last three years. I really enjoy the countryside and am very much looking forward to this challenge. I thought it would be good to fulfil one of my own ambitions and make a contribution to this well-deserving cause.”

The father-of-two, who is married to Isobel, walks six miles most days and has decided to tack on part of the St Cuthberts Way, from Kirk Yetholm to Maxton, to the end of his 268-mile fundraiser.

He told us: “My wife probably thinks that I’ve lost my marbles, but we have been married a long time and she knows me very well.

“The entire family are right behind me and my wife is one of those trying to raise money for the charity through this venture.”

He has increased his daily mileage to between 10 and 12 miles and twice a week does walks of around 20 miles and several climbs of the three Eildons.

“I’m hoping this prepares me for both the distance and the gradients,” said Tom who will be walking alone and unsupported, staying mostly in hostels and bunkhouses.

To donate online, visit www.justgiving.com/isobel-veitch