Trust chairman seriously ill following brain haemorrhage

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tony Taylor, chairman of the Borders Sport & Leisure Trust, is seriously ill in hospital after suffering what is believed to have been a brain haemorrhage, writes Mark Entwistle.

Mr Taylor, pictured left, who holds the OBE for services to health care and business in the region and is a past chairman of NHS Borders, is also a member of the Board of Trustees at Abbotsford House.

BSLT chief executive Ewan Jackson says the news had come as a great shock to all those who had worked with Mr Taylor in his time with the trust.

“Naturally, all our thoughts are with Tony and the Taylor family at the moment,” Mr Jackson told TheSouthern this week.

The trust’s annual general meeting, due to be held earlier this week, has been postponed until next month and vice-chairman David Ferguson, also the chief rugby writer on The Scotsman, will assume the duties of chairman until further notice.

At the Abbotsford Trust, Beverely Rutherford, who has worked closely with Mr Taylor on the regeneration of novelist Sir Walter Scott’s home, says the trust hopes Mr Taylor will be able to make a speedy recovery.

Mr Taylor, who has also had to fight a long battle against cancer, first came to the Borders in 1981, after moving to Selkirk from Yorkshire originally to become managing director of a local mill, part of the Edinburgh Woollen Mill.