GROUPS and individuals across the region are getting behind the first October Borders Challenge to raise funds for Arthritis Research UK.
Among them is Melrose Rugby Club which will welcome the local branch of the charity to The Greenyards during the match against Boroughmuir on Saturday (October 6) for a collection at the turnstiles and inside the ground.
Club president John Reed said: “Arthritis can affect anyone and I trust that our supporters will give generously to this worthy cause.”
Arthritis is the biggest cause of pain and disability in the UK, affecting 10million people, including 15,000 children.
Arthritis Research UK’s National Arthritis Week runs from October 8-14 and includes World Arthritis Day – October 12. The Melrose branch of the charity has decided to devote the entire month to raising awareness about arthritis and is encouraging community groups, sports clubs and youth organisations across the Borders to “do something small to make a big difference”.
Other local organisations that have taken up the challenge include The Woll golf club at Ashkirk which is organising a tournament on October 13 in which teams will compete for The Challenge Cup. The Reshaping Care Partnership Team is planning a collection in Scottish Borders Council HQ and at Borders General Hospital tomorrow (October 5), while the hospital’s rheumatology department has organised a sponsored walk on October 28.
The Borders branch of the MS Society is uniting with Melrose Arthritis Research UK branch to host a concert by East Fife Male Voice Choir on October 19, in Melrose Parish Church, the proceeds from which will benefit both charities. There will be a Walk It sponsored trek on October 26 from Newstead, with some people walking an eight-mile stretch from Newstead to Milestone, and others taking part in shorter routes.
Other supporters include Borders residents who have offered to host tea parties and young people planning a marathon car wash.
Other organisations and individuals who would like to get involved can contact the local branch on 0845 602 3921 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or donate online at www.justgiving/melrosearuk.com