Give it some welly

Eaglesham scouts (from left) Euan Sneddon, Joseph Kay, Ben Cuthbertson, Scott Sweeney, Matthew Williamson, Clover Conway, Jamie Fraser and Haider Ali gained  international partnership badge by donning wellies for charity.
Eaglesham scouts (from left) Euan Sneddon, Joseph Kay, Ben Cuthbertson, Scott Sweeney, Matthew Williamson, Clover Conway, Jamie Fraser and Haider Ali gained international partnership badge by donning wellies for charity.

MORE than 700 people descended on the southside last weekend for the first-ever Wiseman Welly Walk.

A trek around Bellahouston park in aid of the Prince and Princess of Wales hospice, the event saw fundraisers donning their cow print wellies and taking to the mud with pleasure.

There were two East Renfrewshire groups taking part in the 5k walk. One – a team of eight women from Giffnock – teamed their wellies with onesies for a novel uniform.

The second group was the Eaglesham scouts – along with family and friends amounting to a team of 50 – who earned their international partnership badge while taking part in the charity event.

Amy Smith, fundraiser at the hospice, said: “We’re extremely grateful for the support and would like to thank all those who took part. The day was a success for the hospice as well as great fun”.

Deputy first minister and southside MSP Nicola Sturgeon also appeared on the day, and added: “I’m passionate about the work done by the Prince and Princess of Wales hospice and am thrilled that so many people turned up in their wellies for this event”.

The welly walkers aren’t the only southsiders committing their time to fundraising, as Pollokshields resident Renee Forde fronts a campaign for Breast Cancer Care.

Renee is taking part in this year’s Edinburgh marathon in aid of the charity, and hopes to raise £1,000 in honour of her older sister and a close friend, both having suffered from the disease.

The southsider commented: “I wanted to push myself to do something that I’ve never done before – to challenge myself like people living with breast cancer have to do on a daily basis.

“Running 26 miles seems like the perfect challenge”.

Dawn Stanley, events officer for Breast Cancer Care Scotland, added that she hopes others will take Renee’s lead and join the team at the marathon on May 27.

And over at Busby primary school, the parent council are gearing up for a marathon of their own. The council are organising an event to raise funds for the school and local church, during which each participant will complete a leg of a marathon around Williamwood high running track.

Organiser Ishay Carmon explained: “We’re looking for local businesses to support the event by sponsoring the marathon.

“In return the company will have their logo printed on all the t-shirts worn on the day, advertising on the parent council website, and all the publicity that goes with the event.

“We need £500 to offset the costs of hiring the running track and purchasing the t-shirts for the runners”.

To find out more about the Busby marathon, contact ishay.carmon@gmail.com.