Son raises cash in mum’s memory

Andrew Lindsay, centre, presented a cheque to Maria Burnett of Headway at the Borders branch's recent meeting. Andrew received a certificate in return, recognising his fundraising efforts.
Andrew Lindsay, centre, presented a cheque to Maria Burnett of Headway at the Borders branch's recent meeting. Andrew received a certificate in return, recognising his fundraising efforts.

In memory of his late mother, who died as a result of a brain haemorrhage aged just 49, Andrew Lindsay has raised £2,000 for Headway.

The 20-year-old Galashiels man and friend Neil Anderson tackled a 142-mile cycle ride from the Carter Bar to Murrayfield and back in aid of the local branch of the charity, which was established earlier this year.

The decision to raise funds for the charity came after the funeral for Andrew’s mum Lesley, who worked at Heriot-Watt University in Galashiels and died in December last year.

Andrew said: “We had a collection at the funeral, but didn’t really know which charity to pick, but then came up with Headway.

“After that I found out more about the work they do and wanted to do more for them.”

Andrew and Neil pedalled for 14 hours over two days to complete the ride to Murrayfield and back, with the rugby ground selected as Lesley was from Edinburgh.

Following that fundraising effort, the pair have decided to tackle another sporting challenge in aid of Headway.

Andrew said: “We had been looking to do a swim-cycle-run this month, but have had to knock it back to the start of next year as I’ve injured my ankle.”

Maria Burnett, regional co-ordinator for Headway, said: “The Headway Borders group, which has just recently been set up in Kelso, is self-funding, so it was amazing when Andrew got in touch and offered to raise much-needed funds to support people with brain injury, their families and carers in the Scottish Borders.

“We couldn’t be more delighted with both of them.”

She added: “Andrew wanted to do something in the memory of his mother and the commitment both Andrew and Neil have shown is outstanding. We cannot thank them enough.”

The Headway Borders group meets every second Thursday of the month at the Abbey Row centre in Kelso, from 2-4pm.