Danny to say thanks with charity fun day
Familes invited to take part in It’s a Knockout
A young Annan athlete is back fundraising this weekend aiming to support the hospital that helped save his life.
Fifteen-year-old Danny Bryden and running club coach Joe Boardman are organising the ‘It’s a Knockout’ charity day at Annan and District Athletics Club, with fun and games promised throughout to keep visitors of all ages entertained.
And the money raised on the day will help to support three local good causes – Alzheimer Scotland, Scottish Association for Mental Health and the Edinburgh Children’s Hospital.
The latter is particularly close to Danny’s heart, having gone through 10 bouts of surgery at the unit since the age of five for kidney problems.
Last year, the pair laced up their running shoes for a 500-lap challenge around the Everholm track and raised over £1500 for the Edinburgh Sick Kids charity.
Now they want to put on an event that the whole community can enjoy and get involved in.
In total, the pair have raised over £3500 for charitable causes over the last two years and are hoping for a strong turnout once again.
Joe told the Standard: “The main reasoning behind the event is to support the hospital that gave Danny such great treatment during the years that he was suffering with kidney problems.
“We’re trying to go one step further with this year’s event and hold a friendly event not just for family and members of the club, but for everyone that wants to come along and take part.
“It’s all about trying to do something different every time and grab people’s attention to come along and it’s a good thing to support these charities because we’re able to organise these events, but a lot of the people being helped can’t and aren’t so lucky.”
The ‘It’s a Knockout’ day gets underway at the club on Sunday (September 16) from 10.30am, with the event lasting until mid afternoon.