Borderers gear up for world’s largest fundraising event

Runners from the Scottish Borders are loading up on the pasta ahead of the London Marathon this Sunday (the 28th April), the largest annual fundraiser in the world.

Since the race began in 1981, runners have raised more than £890 million for good causes and this year more than 40,000 runners are predicted to start the race many of them for charity.

Local MP John Lamont is one of them and he is raising money for Marie Curie to care for patients with terminal illnesses in their homes in the Scottish Borders. The Member of Parliament is aiming to raise £5,000 which will pay for 250 hours of nursing care.

Commenting, John Lamont MP said: “I’ve been delighted with the level of support for Marie Curie from people in the Borders and beyond. They do some really amazing work and provide the type of care in the final days that we would all want for our loved ones.

“The marathon is a fantastic event which raises so much for so many great causes and I know that a number of other people from the Borders will be joining me on the start line.

“My fundraising total is steadily creeping up, but it would be great to get close to £5,000 before the day itself.

“Some of my MP colleagues are also running, so it would be great to be able to prove to them that Borderers are the most generous constituents.

“My only other wish is for the weather to cool down a bit – last year was far too hot to run a marathon!”