Galashiels boy, 11, conquers three hills for BGH ward

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Ewan Jones, an 11-year-old boy from Galashiels who has a rare eye condition, has raised £354 by running up and down all three Eildons.

The money has been equally split between the Children’s Ward at Borders General Hospital and SNAC (Scottish Network for Arthritis in Children).

Ewan felt passionate to give something back to those who helped him after being diagnosed with a rare eye condition called Uveitis almost three years ago.

Untreated this could have led to visual impairment. Ewan ran the three hills with his judo coach, Stuart Gordon, and two of his judo friends, Stew Ramsay and Monica Riddle.

The four runners triumphantly achieved the three Eildons in a mere 1 hour and 50 minutes.

Mandy Headspeath, a paediatric rheumatology community nurse for NHS Borders said: “Ewan’s story is quite remarkable. He treats life with great determination.

“He has overcome his illness with great determination and ran over the Eildons with great determination, especially given the torrential rain on the day. We are really proud of him and delighted that he has raised this money for the ward.”

Karen Nairn, NHS Borders fundraising manager for The Difference, a local charity that exists to enhance patient care in the Scottish Borders, said: “Ewan is an inspiration. He and his family and friends should be extremely proud for supporting these two great charities.”