Sponsored walks raise £3,000 in memory of Galashiels and Scotland rugby star Duncan Paterson

Fundraisers taking part in a sponsored walk at Galashiels in memory of rugby star Duncan Paterson.
Fundraisers taking part in a sponsored walk at Galashiels in memory of rugby star Duncan Paterson.

Two sponsored walks held in memory of Scotland rugby star Duncan Paterson have raised £3,000 for charity.

That takes the total raised by his daughter Lucy McAneny, of Galashiels, as a tribute to the former Gala Rugby Club scrum-half to £30,000.

The late Duncan Paterson.

The late Duncan Paterson.

Paterson was killed by prostate cancer in 2009 at the age of 66, and all proceeds from the walks, both starting and ending at Gala’s Netherdale ground, will go to Prostate Scotland.

More than 160 fundraisers, aged two to 75, took part in the events, 55 of them tackling a 12-mile hike along the River Tweed to Yair Bridge and over Neidpath, Meigle and Wester hills.

The other 111 opted for a five-mile route along the river to the Tweed Bridge and back.

Members of Tweed Valley Mountain Rescue Team were on hand to ensure that no mishaps befell any of the walkers, and pipers Billy Easson and Elizabeth Scott played music for them as they passed Gala Cricket Club.

Most of the money amassed for charity by Lucy over the years has been raised by holding quizzes.

Family friend Kenny Paterson, no relation, said: “It is very apt that the walks started and finished in Dunc’s spiritual home of Netherdale.

“Lucy would like to thank all those who took part on the day, those who donated to the fund, the landowners for their kind support, Gala Rugby Club for hosting the start and finish and the Ladhope Inn for providing refreshments to passing walkers, and also to the many home bakers who provided substance and a boost to blood sugar levels before, during and after the walks.”

Galashiels-born Paterson, known as Dunc for short, was capped for Scotland 10 times between 1969 and 1972, scoring one try and one drop-goal, both during one of the Scots’ two victories over England in 1971.

He later went on to manage the national side and, after that, run the Scottish Rugby Union.

To boost Lucy’s fundraising total, go to www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Lucy-McAneny