Dumfriesshire firefighters tackling 15k Moffat Run for charity

An intrepid pair of Dumfriesshire firefighters are taking plenty of steps to raise funds for two worthy causes.

Lucy Donaldson and Claire McNay, both Station Commanders with the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, are to take on the challenge of the 15K Moffat Run on Tuesday to raise funds and awareness for the Dumfries and Galloway Sands Support Group and The SFRS Family Support Trust.

The ladies said they decided to step to it to help the charities as fire and rescue service personnel in the region have benefited from both.

And they are getting plenty of support from colleagues across the region who are sending good wishes and donating to their online appeal, which the public can also boost at www.peoplesfundraising.com/donation/sfrs-d-g-run-for-fst-and-d-g-sands.

So far, they have raised more than £500.

The pair said it is seven years since they last pulled on their running shoes – but they are determined to do their best.

They said: “It’s seven years since we last attempted this event.

“We may be older, but possibly not wiser as it is a road/hill race in three parts, none of them particularly enjoyable for an on/off jogger.

“We have chosen two charities which focus on family support and assistance that have been there for our personnel and their loved ones.

“Dumfries and Galloway Sands is a charity close to our hearts following the tragic loss of Olivia Kerr at a day old in May 2016, and mum, Ashley, is now a support volunteer there to help other parents through the darkness and pain that follows.

“On the night we will run in Olivia’s name, but we are running for all the babies lost.”

They are hoping that by highlighting the good work the charities do, more people will be aware they are there to help and said that “any donation – no matter how small – is greatly appreciated and will be split equally between the two charities”.

The SFRS Family Support Trust assists current and former fire service personnel who find themselves in need of financial assistance due to illness or bereavement.

It also has two houses which are available for family breaks away – one of which is at Portpatrick.