Par­adise found for five

Dumfries & Galloway Standard - - NEWS -

Five friends com­pleted a char­ity chal­lenge with a dif­fer­ence by sit­ting on ev­ery seat in Celtic Park. It took the pals nine-and-a-half hours to com­plete the 60,000 seat marathon in mem­ory of Dum­friesshire’s John Mau­rice Aitken who died of can­cer.

His both­ers Kevin and Ciaran, Dum­fries pals Gordon Mof­fat and Gary McMe­namin, and Greg O’Donnell from Cum­ber­nauld, shared the pain of each sit­ting in 12,000 seats.

John’s sis­ter Claire car­ried out a sim­i­lar chal­lenge at Palmer­ston ear­lier this month.

Be­tween them they have helped raise more than £25,000 in re­cent years for the JMA Trust.

John died in 2014 af­ter a can­cer bat­tle – a week short of his 33rd birthday.

The for­mer St Joseph’s Col­lege pupil was a keen Celtic and An­nan fan and the grant-giv­ing trust is his legacy, set up by fam­ily and friends.

It has al­ready paid out thou­sands of pounds to help many wor­thy causes across the re­gion and be­yond.

Suc­cess Kevin Aitken, Gary McMe­namin, Gor­don Mof­fat, Greg O’Don­nell and Ciaran Aitken sat on all 60,000 seats at Celtic Park. Right In­spi­ra­tion, John Mau­rice Aitken

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