Broch man raises funds for North School

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A Broch man who undertook an 80-mile sponsored run and cycle has raised over £1,000 for Fraserburgh North School.

Andy Higgins raised £1,065 in aid of the primary school by running and cycling along the Buchan and Formartine railway line.

Andy ran for the first 40 miles of the journey along the old railway line and then cycled 40 miles back. He completed the 80-mile round-trip in 14 hours and 39 minutes.

Andy, who is a ship painter, took up the challenge on August 13, which also happened to be his 60th birthday.

The challenge was made extra special as all four of Andy’s daughters went to Fraserburgh North School and three of his grandchildren attend the school at present.

The money was raised by donations from Andy’s friends, family and work colleagues.

Commenting, Andy said: “The challenge was a very hard thing to do but the weather was good all day and everything went well.

“I’d like to thank all the people who sponsored me, my wife for supporting me on the route and also Fred for giving me the day off work.

“I’m delighted that all the money is going to be used for the school.”

Fraserburgh North School Head teacher Alison Rosie commented: “All the pupils and staff at Fraserburgh North would like to say a huge thank you to Mr Higgins for his amazing fund raising efforts on behalf of the school.

“When he came to visit us the children were amazed by what he had done and how much had been raised for their benefit. They already have a few ideas to put the money to good use.

“We really appreciate his very generous support and would also like to thank everyone who kindly sponsored him.”

Andy is no stranger to fund-raising, having ran the London Marathon no fewer than 14 times as well as an ultra-marathon.