Strachan man Donald Horsfall has raised almost £12,000 through sponsorship monies generated from running in the recent Virgin London Marathon as well as a fundraising event, in aid of the British Heart Foundation.
Donald’s training, which began many months ago, was significantly hampered due to the severe winter weather coupled with injury.
As the Piper reported back in March, Donald’s training was also interrupted when his neighbour’s dog decided to dine on his training shoes.
Despite these difficulties Donald successfully completed the Marathon in 4 hours and 2 minutes.
Donald said: “This year’s London Marathon has definitely been the hardest to train for due to injury and extended winter weather, however, it was a successful event and I’m delighted to have raised almost £12,000 for the British Heart Foundation.
“My target was £10,000 so I am delighted to have exceeded expectations. I would like to thank all my family, friends and work colleagues for their continued support once again this year.
“I have to offer my special thanks to Optima Solutions for their continued support as my personal sponsor and secondly to all those individuals and companies that made this year’s fundraising event possible through their generous donations and attendance at the fundraising evening.
“The British Heart Foundation is an amazing life saving, research and educational based charity who rely on this kind of support”.
Optima Director, Colin Black, commented: “We were very pleased to sponsor Donald again this year to support his participation in the London Marathon.
“Having Kathy McIlwaine, BHF Volunteer Manager, speak at the fundraising dinner provided an excellent overview of the great work carried out by BHF.
“We are proud to have sponsored this event and congratulate Donald for all his efforts in raising such a significant amount for such a worthy cause.”
The charity fundraising event was held at Raemoir House Hotel. The evening comprised an auction, ably conducted by Ian Thain of Inverurie, with Bill Copeland from Glasgow as the guest speaker.
The star auction prize was a sporting day donated by Finzean Estate which raised over £2000.
The event was sponsored by Optima Solutions and received generous support from a number of oil and gas companies.