Charities get a cash boost from Kelso firm

Plexus charities story
Plexus charities story

Everything from barbecues and quiz nights to car boot sales and sponsored walks have seen Plexus staff in Kelso raise £14,100 for charity.

The electronics firm’s employees garnered £7,050 themselves from their fund-raising events, which was then matched pound for pound by the company’s management.

And recently, the results of all that effort saw Riding for the Disabled Borders, Any Dog’il Do Rescue and Samantha Kinghorn Trust all receive a cheque for £4,700.

z Riding for the Disabled Borders Group is based at Monteviot, near Ancrum, and has been operating for more than 46 years and is run entirely by a group of 60 volunteers.

More than 80 adults and children regularly use the service, which provides not only a therapeutic session, but also allows them to learn skills that transfer into their everyday life.

All funds raised allow for the running of the centre and the upkeep of the charity’s eight horses and ponies.

z Edinburgh-based Any Dog’il Do Rescue is entirely volunteer run and rehomes dogs throughout Scotland, including the Borders.

Set up primarily due to the increased number of dogs being advertised on online selling site Gumtree, it now offers valuable advice to people struggling to keep their dogs, as well as offering a much-needed lifeline to dogs in shelters who are unclaimed strays and would otherwise be euthanised. All dogs receive veterinary care, rehabilitation as required, as well as being vaccinated, microchipped and neutered before rehoming.

z Samantha Kinghorn is a young woman from Gordon who, after having a life-changing accident, took up the challenging sport of wheelchair racing.

Samantha has trained and competed at many events, and represented Scotland at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, where she took fifth place in her race.

The 2015 chosen charities for Plexus in Kelso are Noah’s Ark (women and children’s ward) at the BGH and Connor Hughes Journey