Not-so-average Joe raises £3,500
Kilbryde Hospice fundraiser
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