Veterans home is to benefit by £14,000

Donna Fraser charity fundraiser has smashed her original �1500 target
Donna Fraser charity fundraiser has smashed her original �1500 target

A former army squaddie from Eaglesham has just completed her first London Marathon in aid of Erskine - and she’s done it in style raising more than £14,000!

Donna Fraser (32) joined the Army when she was 17, and was originally based with the intelligence corps before transferring to the REME where she then qualified as an electronics technician.

With the army being so close to her heart, shedecided to support Erskine Hospital by running the London marathon.

Donna set up a fundraising JustGiving page in the hope of raising £1500, but has been blown away with the 233 donations which now total £14,395 - a whopping 959 per cent over her original target.

And, as money is still coming in who knows what the final total could be.

Donna, who is now employed by Police Scotland has worked in the Glasgow area throughout her 11 years service spoke to The Extra before heading down to London, when she said: “I was lucky enough to gain a place in the London Marathon and as 2016 is the 100th anniversary of the Erskine Home who care for the veterans of our armed forces I decided to run my first ever marathon for this wonderful cause.

“I am not a natural runner and getting time to train is challenging between work and looking after the children, but I am on schedule and hope to complete the marathon in less than 4.5hours.”

Donna did indeed complete the run in a sub 5 hour time - despite the fact she ran with a leg injury.

A spokeswoman for Erskine said: “We are thrilled that Donna ran the London Marathon for Erskine and cannot thank her enough for her wonderfulsupport of our veterans. To complete the marathon in this, our centenary year makes it all the more special to us.”