Frank retires mascot with a Guinness win

Frank having completed his last 'mascot run'.
Frank having completed his last 'mascot run'.

In last weeks Extra we told you the story of Frank Gilroy, a charity fundraiser for the Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice.

Well this week we are delighted to announce that Frank has retired on a high with a SECOND Guinness World Record!

Dressed as Harvey, the mascot of the hospice, he took the title for the fastest time in a charity mascot at one hour 32 mins and 50 seconds in last weekends Great Scottish Run.

Frank, from Giffnock, told The Extra: “What an achievement, I am absolutely delighted with the time, and so pleased I could do it on home turf”

The sports physio added: “I have run more than 100 miles over the past four years for the hospice. Though I will continue to fundraise for them, Harvey the mascot is getting a bit tired and will now be hanging up his running shoes.”

The 52-year-old started raising money for the hospice’s capital appeal to build a new home in Bellahouston Park more than four years ago. The idea was to raise £70,000 to fund two treatment rooms for patients, with one named after Frank’s late wife Kathleen.

The total went up to £115,000 and now they hope to raise a massive £125,000 for the hospice. Harvey might be retiring but Frank has no plans to stop fundraising.

“I love doing challenges and running and wanted to do something for a Glasgow charity that didn’t discriminate and was there for everyone,” explained Frank. “We have had a lot of fun over the years.”

Heather Manson, the hospice’s director of fundraising, said Frank had worked incredibly hard for the £21million Brick by Brick Appeal to build a new home for Glasgow’s Hospice.

She said: “Frank’s achievements are phenomenal, we can’t thank him enough for all his support over the years.”