Eight-year-old Gairdoch United player raises £4600 for Strathcarron Hospice via month of 5k runs

An eight-year-old boy has raised more than £4600 for a palliative care facility by running 5k every day for a month.

Tuesday, 30th March 2021, 4:45 pm

Gairdoch United U12s player James Kilgannon is approaching the finishing line of his remarkable 155k fundraising initiative in support of Strathcarron Hospice.

The youngster set off on his mission to generate money for the Fankerton service at the start of March as a token of appreciation for the way in which staff looked after his grandmother, Kathleen, in 2004.

Dad James Sr said: “He has given his absolute all to this and knows how he is helping others by raising funds.

Eight-year-old Gairdoch United player James Kilgannon has raised more than £4600 for Strathcarron Hospice by pledging to run 5k every day for a month. Contributed.

“We are all so proud of him and cannot believe he has taken this challenge on with great enthusiasm.

“James unfortunately never got to meet his granny but he knows how much the hospice cared for her towards the end of her life and as a family we will never be able to repay Strathcarron.

“She will be so proud of him for this unbelievable achievement. Running 5k is a difficult thing for an eight-year-old, but to do that every day for 31 days is incredible!

“James would like to thank everyone for their donations and support with his fundraiser. He has read all the kind comments people have sent him and they have really kept him going.”

Bannockburn boy James only started collecting cash after the first week of March, however, he quickly smashed through his £500 target.

Mr Kilgannon added: “The amount of support he’s had over the last couple of days has been mental.

“I couldn’t be prouder.”

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