Broch’s Marie makes a splash for NE charity

Alixa Gunn, Glynis Lumsden and Marie Gairns, missing from the photo is Mrs Sarah Duthie
Alixa Gunn, Glynis Lumsden and Marie Gairns, missing from the photo is Mrs Sarah Duthie

A FRASERBURGH woman has swam the distance between Aberdeen and Fraserburgh in a bid to raise money for a North-east hospital.

Marie Gairns began her fundraiser to raise vital cash for Royal Cornhill Hospital in Aberdeen, when resources were running desperately low.

Swimming an impressive 42 miles in total, Marie raised enough funds to allow the hospital to put money towards a new car, and also buy small items required for vital therapeutic time.

Marie has attended hospital as an in-and-out patient for almost 17 years and decided to complete a sponsored swim to highlight mental health issues in the area. Due to cutbacks within the hospital’s various departments, they have had to reduce hours or close completely. The hospital had to close the picture framing and light workshop several years ago.

The arts and crafts room used to operate between 9.30am and 4.30pm and this has been greatly reduced. With the cutbacks, therapeutic time has been reduced to one hour daily, that is if staff, resources and time allows.

The activity nurse for the wards takes patients out into the community, a vital link while in hospital for patients, and so funds towards a car will be greatly beneficial. Marie’s children, Andrew and Hannah, swim with the Broch Seals, with Andrew taking part in competitions all over Scotland.

Marie has in the past, and more recently for her sponsored swim, used the facilities in: Fraserburgh, Peterhead, Ellon, Aberdeen Bon Accord, Summerhill, Aberdeen Beach, Northfield, Bucksburn, and Woodend Hospital.

She would like to express her thanks to all those who donated and supported her throughout her sponsored swim, including all pool staff, businesses for their donations and family and friends.

A thank you also to Marie’s family - Stewart, Andrew and Hannah - for all their support and encouragement.