Glenrothes marathon men double cash for baby care unit

Andrew Buchan and Stuart Redpath

Andrew Buchan and Stuart Redpath

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Two first time marathon runners from Glenrothes have doubled the amount of cash they set out to raise.

Andrew Buchan (31) and Stuart Redpath (53) both competed in the Edinburgh marathon on Sunday in memory of Andrew’s niece who passed away at just 12 days old last year.

He said: “My sister Kylie Gilchrist and her husband Barry, gave birth to a little girl called Charlie at the end of November.

“Unfortunately there were complications and Charlie passed away after 12 days.

“She had been in the Special Baby Care Unit at the Victoria Hospital where the staff were absolutely brilliant and we wanted to do something to show our gratitude.”

The pair had hoped to raise £2620 for a special warming bed which will enable premature twins to nursed together, but smashed that amount by raising £5676.40.

“You don’t realise how generous people are,” said Andrew. “We would never have expected that amount.

‘‘It’s fantastic”

Stuart said that the run itself had been hard but worth it, and that donations were still coming in.

“It’s great because it’s for a really good cause,” he said.

We are so proud and grateful

Charlie’s parents Kylie and Barry paid tribute to Andrew and Stuart, as well as the Victoria Hospital staff.

Kylie said: “Barry and I are extremely proud of Andrew and Red and are so grateful that they’re doing this in memory of Charlie.

“The team at the SDCU were so supportive. They did everything that they could to make it easier for us in the short time that Charlie was here.”

To make a donation visit Andrew’s Just Giving page; http://www.justgiving.com/bukred.