Not-so-av­er­age Joe raises £3,500

Kil­bryde Hos­pice fundraiser

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

A Ruther­glen man could be for­given for putting his feet up af­ter rais­ing thou­sands of pounds for a good cause.

Joe Haughey has run a num­ber of marathons and half­marathons to raise funds for the Kil­bryde Hos­pice.

The self-em­ployed painter and dec­o­ra­tor has run in places such as Al­loa, Stir­ling, Ed­in­burgh and Glas­gow, rais­ing £3,500 in the process.

He has col­lected money from pubs across Ruther­glen, in­clud­ing Chap­mans Bar, The Sports­man, The Vic­to­ria Bar, The Stir­rup Cup and The Vogue.

The money will go di­rectly to the hos­pice as well as to run­ning fundrais­ing events such as the Bobby Mur­doch Cup and Mar­garet Miller Memo­rial Ball.

Joe, 41, said: “If you asked me five years ago if I would be out run­ning at these events I would have collapsed in laugh­ter.

“I have been de­ter­mined ever since do­ing my first half marathon to do a least one half marathon a year and do as many 10ks as I can.

“Kil­bryde Hos­pice is my lo­cal char­ity. The care and sup­port they pro­vide through their day ser­vices and care at home is fan­tas­tic and al­though the in-pa­tient unit is yet to open we all wait in an­tic­i­pa­tion for the Health Board to de­cide on the in-pa­tient beds for South La­nark­shire.”

Joe now hopes oth­ers will fol­low in his foot­steps by join­ing him at this year’s Great Scot­tish Run.

Gor­don McHugh, chief ex­ec­u­tive of Kil­bryde Hos­pice, said: “We would like to say a huge thank you to Joe for his tremen­dous ef­forts to­wards the hos­pice.

“I know Joe is keen for oth­ers to join him at the Great Scot­tish Run on Oc­to­ber 1 and I would urge any­one who is up for the chal­lenge to con­tact the hos­pice and we will be de­lighted to help with your fundrais­ing plans and also put you in touch with Joe.”

Run­ning man Joe Haughey from Ruther­glen has raised thou­sands for char­ity

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