If there is a machine that deserves burial with full military honours, it’s the Borders Barmy Army’s treadmill.
The kilted cash-raisers have put the poor apparatus under so much strain over the years, piling on the miles in aid of several local and national charities, that the treadmill has unfurled its white flag, and has gone on to wherever it is that exercise equipment go to die.
And Sandra Henwood, of Friends of the BGH, wants to turn the tables on her charitable chums and buy them a new one.
She said: “They have done some great work here in the Borders, helping those in need.
“They support the Friends of the BGH and are currently helping us raise funds for a specialist lamp for dermatology.
“They normally do most of their hard work on a treadmill at the hospital and in other venues, but it is now sadly out of order and can’t be repaired.
“I’m trying now to raise funds to get them a new treadmill for Christmas and have launched a Just Giving page.
“They haven’t asked me to do this, but they have raised many thousands for the BGH and I would like to help them continue to do so.”
Over the last six years, the group has raised more than £85,000, mostly from doing crazy, but difficult challenges – always wearing their trademark kilts.
They have travelled the world – from New York to Kilimanjaro – to take part in marathons, zip slides and mountain climbs .
You name it, they have done it, for charities such as Anthony Nolan, Whizz Kids, Macmillan, Cancer Research and the Firefighters’ Charity.
And Sandra is keen to see them carry on their good work.
If you think you could help, please visit the Just Giving page and pledge what you can.
The target is £700 – and if any more cash is raised, it will go to a charity of the group’s choice.