Legacy of Avonbridge cancer victim lives on

Players from the teams which raised more than �3000 in memory of Robert Marshall. Picture: Lisa McPhillips (140564)
Players from the teams which raised more than �3000 in memory of Robert Marshall. Picture: Lisa McPhillips (140564)

Thousands of pounds have been raised in memory of an inspirational cancer victim and thousands more are being pledged.

Thirty pals of Robert Marshall from Avonbridge, who died of the disease in January, took to the football pitch at Grangemouth Stadium earlier this month scooping up a massive £3100.

Another 30 staff and former pupils of Robert’s old school, Braes High, including his fiancee Kerri Graham, are determined to climb a mountain for him – Ben Nevis, Britain’s biggest to be specific – on June 14.

Robert’s friend Ross Hastings is currently on another fundraising mission, cycling 6965 kilometres – the distance between Miami and Portsmouth across the Atlantic Ocean – on board his Royal Navy ship HMS Richmond.

Another pal Marcus Williamson is doing the Ben Nevis climb as well as the gruelling Tough Mudder assault course in June as well along with nine other people and Martin Davidson has completed this year’s Alloa Half Marathon.

Stephen Frew, who helped organise last weekend’s football game has signed himself up for a skydive.

A further £1071 was raised by generous mourners at Robert’s funeral following his death on January 5 and most of the money being raised in his memory will go to Strathcarron Hospice which cared for him throughout his treatment.

Other organisations to benefit from the charity events will be Cancer Research and the Teenage Cancer Trust.

Robert’s mum Carole said: “I would like to thank all Robert’s friends from near and far who have kept my son’s memory alive.

“The thought and time they have sacrificed to do these events is amazing. I know Robert would be proud of them as we all are. He would also be grateful to them for making his mum and dad and sisters proudly smile.”

Robert’s fiancee Kerri (18), from Reddingmuirhead, said: “I’d like to say thank you to everyone for all their hard work and dedication to keeping Robert’s memory alive. Although he’s no longer here his legacy lives on through this fundraising and, most importantly, in our hearts. He was inspirational and will always be number one.”

Strathcarron’s fundraising manager Angela Gillies said: “It’s wonderful for people to give up their time for the hospice and Robert.”