Maddiston staff did Great Scottish Run for late pal

The Deans Pharmacy team after the Great Scottish Run in Glasgow
The Deans Pharmacy team after the Great Scottish Run in Glasgow
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Five friends from a Braes chemist took part in the Great Scottish Run on Sunday in memory of a colleague who died earlier this year.

Staff from Dean’s Pharmacy in Maddiston joined some of world’s top athletes last Sunday as they competed in the 10-kilometre event in 

The local quintet – Tracey Wylie, Pauline Keith, Neil Cassells, Lynsay Drysdale and Elaine McMeechan – were part of the 19-strong ‘Dean’s All Star’ team from the group’s pharmacies across the central belt.

They had a very special reason for doing the run. Colleague Andrea Hill, from 
Wallacestone, died aged 48 from a suspected heart attack and the team wanted to raise money for the Scottish Chest, Heart and Stroke Association in her memory.

 pharmacist Lynsay Drysdale said: “Andrea was a great 
colleague, loved by us all and the customers. Her daughter Catherine was with us on the run, which made it a bit more special.

“Our Just Giving page has raised over £1200 so far but there will be lots more to add to that total once we’ve counted up all the donations.”

Pharmacist Neil Cassells said: “We wanted to do something really, positive to celebrate Andrea’s life and achievements.

“While we’re not runners or athletes by a long shot, we wanted to raise funds for the Chest, Heart, and Stroke Association in Scotland.

“As healthcare professionals, we know the number of deaths from heart disease and stroke in Scotland is falling.

“However, that means more and more people are living with these illnesses as long-term conditions. Nearly 250,000 Scots are living with heart disease, and more than 100,000 with stroke.”