Borders man awarded after raising £ 2,000 for Cancer Research UK


A 78-year-old man from Borders who traveled nearly 7,000 miles during the lockdown to raise funds for Cancer Research UK has been honored with an award at the Scottish ClubSport Conference.

Kelso’s David Laing has now raised more than £ 2,000 for the charity in memory of many of his friends who have died of the disease since the start of the pandemic.

His travels, however, have not been without incident. Due to a fall in his foot and a lack of muscle in his right leg, David suffered 22, luckily not serious, falls resulting in only a few stitches to his head, cuts and abrasions. The wrong shoes resulted in the loss of the big toenail on her left foot, which still hurts but is starting to grow back.

He was repeatedly soaked, battered by hail, snow, sleet, and high winds and had to replace four pairs of sneakers, but on the brighter side he took over 200 pictures of wildflowers and named almost all of them, photographed beautiful scenery, river and farm life, lost a few pounds and lifted trash, which he has been doing for almost 70 years.

He is an inspiring figure in the community who is also a telephone kindness volunteer with the Chest Heart and Stroke Association and still brings together PVGs for the Scottish Borders Disability Sport Group.

A spokesperson for the organization said: “Scottish ClubSport greatly appreciates the support given to the sector by our life members over the years. It is therefore appropriate that we take the time to celebrate their continued good work and also support them in their personal endeavors.

“David Laing is a life member who used the extra time he was given during lockdown to help him on his mission to raise funds for a great cause – walking 7,000 miles and biking to Cancer Research UK. ”

David is not resting on his laurels, however, and told the Border Telegraph: “I hope to add to that and call on my friends and colleagues to donate as soon as they can. Any donations would be greatly appreciated and can be given on my Justgiving page here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/David-Laing12.

“For anyone unable to access the link, I am also happy to accept donations by check or cash and will ensure that all donations made in this manner go to Cancer Research UK on a weekly basis.”

The Scottish ClubSport Conference and AGM took place on Saturday 25 September 2021 at the Stirling Court Hotel, Stirling.


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