Danny to say thanks with char­ity fun day

Familes in­vited to take part in It’s a Knock­out

Dumfries & Galloway Standard - - NEWS - Stu­art McFar­lane

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.

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