A Borders couple are pulling on their hiking boots and walking 50km on Saturday to support the Foundation on Doddie's 50th Birthday.
Gareth Douglas and his wife Bernie will be walking part of the Southern Upland Way, round the Greenyards in Melrose (a pitch Doddie graced many times over the years), onto Galashiels and then using various routes over to Peebles to ensure they hit the big 50 kilometres on the day. Hopefully it will take around 10 hours (depending upon weather and our general condition!).
Gareth said: "It is certainly a good thing that current circumstances dictate no pubs or rugby clubs are open on the way otherwise it would probably take a few days! :-) Just to cover this off, this is one household doing the walk and we will social distancing from anyone we meet on the way as normal."
"It is an extremely worthy cause and one we are delighted to support as best we can. So……..we are looking for your donations……"
Amazingly, in order to boost this fundraising effort, Gareth's employer, William Grant & Sons, will be DOUBLE MATCHING YOUR DONATION. So if you pledge say £20, William Grant and Sons will double match that with an additional £40*. Your donation would therefore be worth a whopping £60 to Doddie’s charitable foundation! Or how about pledging £50 on the occasion of Doddie’s 50th birthday which William Grant & Sons will then round up by £100 to £150!!
Gareth said: "This is a rare (maybe one off) opportunity to make your money go three times further than normal! Incredible generosity from William Grant & Sons and for that we are eternally grateful. Just so we are clear and transparent, William Grant & Sons will contribute up to a maximum of £10,000 to the fund, on the off chance we get much more than expected. There is no need to do anything other than donate your contribution on the page. The William Grant & Sons donation will be added after fundraising closes."
We hope the sun shines for you Gareth & Bernie!