Runners raise over £5,000 for memorial fund

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HAWICK runners have raised more than £5,000, with more to come, for a Borders charity helping children with life-limiting illness.

The 26 runners from the town joined three from Edinburgh to raise £5,280 so far for the Anthony Mundell Memorial Fund doing the Rock ’n’ Roll Edinburgh Half Marathon.

Mum and fund co-founder Ros Mundell said: “It’s absolutely fantastic, it’s phenomenal.”

It is the most money raised in one go for the charity since it started with the aims of supporting Borders families with a child who has cancer or a life-limiting illness, giving money for medication if a child is unable to obtain it through the NHS, and bereavement care.

One of the runners, Katie Young from The Southern’s advertising department, said: “The race was fantastic, the organisation was great and the course was a good mix of challenging and flat periods. All 26 of us who took part really enjoyed it.

“I was chuffed to finish in 1 hour 57 minutes and managed to raise £400, which I am delighted about. The charity you’re running for is what helps you get round if it gets tough. No matter what you are experiencing en route it will never reflect the pain experienced by the people or animals who are helped by the charities you are running for.”

Keith and Ros Mundell’s son Anthony passed away in February 2009 aged 13 after fighting kidney cancer for three years. Mrs Mundell said the charity would put the money towards a static caravan they hoped to buy for holidays for affected families.

The charity’s next fundraising event is a dance at Hawick High School in June.