Fam­ily affair

Triathlon he­roes rake in the cash

Wishaw Press - - FRONT PAGE - Ben Ramage

Three gen­er­a­tions of a Car­luke fam­ily went the ex­tra mile for a can­cer char­ity when they took on a spon­sored triathlon.

Anita Ben­nie has been fundrais­ing for the last seven years for Maggie’s Cen­tre in mem­ory of her pal Ann Gra­ham who lost her bat­tle with can­cer in 2011.

And this year, her hus­band Gary, son Michael and seven- year- old grand­son Bran­don all de­cided to get in­volved to sup­port her on­go­ing ef­forts.

“I’m very proud of them all, es­pe­cially Bran­don,” Anita said.

“I don’t know where the wee one got his en­ergy from. Gary and Michael were both wor­ried about him be­cause it was a long way and a lot of it was up­hill.

“But he never gave up and did it all so well. He even had the en­ergy to kick a foot­ball around the same evening!”

Start­ing from their home in Car­luke, the trio went on a three­mile run through Braid­wood to the Sta­tion Inn.

From there they picked up their bikes from Anita and took on a three- mile cy­cle to Shotts Leisure Cen­tre.

Then it was on to 100 lengths of the pool, with Bran­don man­ag­ing an im­pres­sive 1,325m in the wa­ter.

Anita said: “The peo­ple of Car­luke came out of their houses to sup­port them and wave them around which was amaz­ing.

“My daugh­ter also car­ried out a spon­sored 10K walk re­cently around Car­luke and I just couldn’t be prouder of my fam­ily.

“We’ve raised around £600 al­ready this year, and that’s be­fore the big match on Satur­day.”

Anita Ben­nie or­gan­ises the Ann Gra­ham Me­mo­rial Fun Day ev­ery year and has raised more than £13,000 to date so far.

That has come from the matches and a host of other fundrais­ing ef­forts, in­clud­ing a sky dive and a 400ft ab­seil.

She re­cently un­der­took her lat­est chal­lenge - a bungee jump at Pit­lochry - while gear­ing up for the match which takes place this Satur­day at Moor Park.

As well as the foot­ball there will be stalls, kids rides, face-paint­ing and much more.

The event will con­tinue into the night as at 7pm at Castle­hill Bowl­ing Club there will be an auc­tion, raf­fle and disco.

There will also this year be a host of celebrity soap stars ap­pear­ing in­clud­ing An­thony Quin­lan from Emmerdale, Dean Fagan from Coro­na­tion Street and Tay­lor Daw­son and Jamie Lo­mas from Hollyoaks.

Evening tick­ets cost £20 and the re­main­ing few are still on sale now. Call Anita on 07738688709 to buy.

Dare­devil Anita Ben­nie tak­ing part in a fundrais­ing zip­slide ear­lier in the year

Mak­ing waves Gary, Bran­don and Michael took on the chal­lenge

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