Harry braves being butt of jokes on fundraising walk for Kelso centre

ACE center Kelso, we did a small fundraising and raising awareness walk on Sunday, two members of staff walked round the bridges in bikinis - mankinis  round 'the bridges' in Kelso.
ACE center Kelso, we did a small fundraising and raising awareness walk on Sunday, two members of staff walked round the bridges in bikinis - mankinis round 'the bridges' in Kelso.
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BRAVING the chilly weather was bad enough in a coat and scarf.

But Kelso fundraisers Harry Lodge and Jill King completed a three-mile walk round Kelso bypass and through the town in just a mankini and bikini.

Abbotseat Community Enterprise Centre (ACE) manager Harry and assistant Jill raised nearly £150 for the centre, which was set up by the local social enterprise CESEL nearly five years ago.

Harry said: “It was brilliant, people were laughing, waving and tooting their horns. A couple of cars pulled over to put money in the buckets, it was just superb.”

The community centre used to be the Abbotseat bar and skittle alley until it closed in 2005. CESEL rented it from the Border Ice Rink and set up ACE in which there is the Pot Lid Community Cafe, Abbey Soft Play area, serviced offices and meeting rooms and a small function room.

It is used by parents and their children. On Tuesdays and Thursdays the WRVS bring the elderly. A toddler group meets there as do two knitting groups. Most recently a breastfeeding group started and the local folk club holds an open night on Fridays in the cafe area.

Young musicians who used to meet at the ACE centre on Wednesday evenings have gone on to form a band – Evella – and will return to the centre on June 16 to raise money for the centre.