Three cheers for triathelete James

A 10-year-old boy from Bowden has been praised for raising more than £1,100 for children suffering in Syrian refugee camps.

James Buttle, a pupil at Melrose Primary School, completed his own triathlon at the weekend (Sunday) with a 10k cycle, a 5k run and a 0.5k swim.

James decided to raise the money for the Save The Children Syrian appeal after seeing children his own age suffering in camps on the news.

“I felt very sorry for them,” said James. “I could see that they had nothing after leaving their homes and I read that even a little money could help them a lot.”

He originally set himself a target of £200, but as word spread of the young boy’s project the donations came flooding in, with his school fiends tipping him over the £1,100 mark on the day.

“Originally he wanted to cycle round Scotland,” said his mum Fiona, a teacher in Galashiels.

“We managed to rein him in a bit and it has been absolutely amazing the support he has had from people – from donations to messages of encouragement. It was all his own idea and it has been a great experience for him.”

Save The Children has sent messages of support and are so impressed with James’ efforts they plan to feature him in their fundraising campaign.