Go on, take the October challenge

Launch of Borders October Challenge in aid of arthritis research
Launch of Borders October Challenge in aid of arthritis research

COMMUNITY groups, sports clubs and youth organisations across the Borders are being invited to ‘do something small to make a big difference’ in aid of arthritis research in October.

The Melrose branch of Arthritis Research UK, right, is encouraging local groups to organise fundraising events during October, which includes World Arthritis Day on the 12th, to support the charity’s work.

The Borders October Challenge was launched at the premises of sponsors Borders Mobility on Selkirk’s High Street.

Groups that rise to the October Challenge will get the opportunity to present the proceeds of their efforts to Professor Andrew McCaskie of Arthritis Research UK, one of the leaders in the fight against arthritis, at a celebration event in the Borders in November. They will also receive a certificate to mark their achievements.

Catriona Connelly, a fundraising manager with Arthritis Research UK, told us: “We are delighted that the Melrose branch is leading the way in fundraising throughout October.

“We are committed to helping to take the pain away from the 10 million sufferers of arthritis in the UK, but can only do this with the support of our wonderful volunteers and the local community. We do hope that groups and clubs in the Borders will get behind this fabulous campaign and really make a difference to those suffering locally.”

Dr Ruth Richmond, consultant rheumatologist with NHS Borders, added: “I get to see on a daily basis how the research funded by the charity helps the sufferers of arthritis in the Borders area.

“Any activity, no matter how big or small, will make a difference to my patients and help to take the pain away from what can be a debilitating and painful condition.”

Borders Mobility, a one stop shop for mobility equipment, has pledged its support by becoming the first company to offer sponsorship.

Isobel King, secretary of the Melrose branch, said: “We are most grateful to Borders Mobility for helping us to realise our dream of having a Borders-wide challenge and to Dr Richmond who is supporting the drive.

“It now rests with us to encourage individuals and community groups throughout the Borders to play their part.

“It is likely that most families in the Borders will have, or will know, someone who will have a life-improving experience thanks to the work of Arthritis Research UK.”