Fund-raiser to make a splash at Spittal

A charity which helps disadvantaged children is hoping to make waves with its latest fund-raiser.

By Ian Smith
Wednesday, 01 May, 2019, 13:03
Rebekah OToole from Cash for Kids with the charitys mascot, Courage the cat.

A charity which helps disadvantaged children is hoping to make waves with its latest fund-raiser.

Cash for Kids is organising a Superhero Splash (think Boxing Day dip but warmer!) at Spittal beach on Friday, May 10, to celebrate Superhero Day.

It is encouraging the public to join them for a dip in the North Sea, either by getting sponsored or donating £5 online or on the day. Fancy dress is optional.

Registration opens on Spittal promenade at 4pm, with the dip getting under way at 5pm.

Rebekah O’Toole, from Cash for Kids, says: “This is a chance for people in the Borders and north Northumberland to reveal the superhero in them and to make a real difference to local kids with disabilities and disadvantaged children.

“We’re asking people to sign up their school, college, university, business or place of work and join in. All the money raised will stay in the local community within which it was raised.”

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Money raised will go towards projects to help make waiting areas at Borders General Hospital and Berwick Infirmary more child-friendly, by adding a mix of fun things like wall stickers, toys, and bookcases full of stories for every age and more.

In the lead-up to the event, Radio Borders reporter Ally McGilvray is preparing to run the length of the River Tweed, from its source to the sea.

Setting off on Monday, May 6, he plans to complete the route, of around 100 miles, over five days, meeting other fundraisers along the way and finishing with the Superhero Splash.

Rebekah adds: “Not all superheroes wear capes, the wackier your idea, the better and no contribution is too small – if we all work together we can make a huge difference to local children.”

You can also support by texting BORDERS to 70808 to make a £5 donation (texts charged at standard rate and 100% of the donation will go to Cash for Kids). To make a donation, visit www.radioborders.com/cashforkids/