WORKERS at an electronics factory in the Borders have raised almost £30,000 with a series of challenges and events during 2017.

Staff at Plexus in Kelso ran, crawled and even sky-dived to collect cash for four good causes.

They also staged a curry night and a race night to raise a total just over £14,600.

And Plexus matched their fundraising efforts pound-for-pound.

The grand total of £29,326 was split evenly between four charities – Bloodwise, the UK’s specialist blood cancer charity; The Lavender Touch, who support people living with cancer in the Scottish Borders; Kidney Kids Scotland, who support children with renal illness and their families across Scotland; and also the region’s only palliative care unit, the Margaret Kerr Unit, at Borders General Hospital.

Gary Simpson, operations manager at Plexus in Kelso told the Border Telegraph: “We are delighted to be able to support charities chosen by our employees and make a difference to the lives of the people they support.

“Both the organisers of the events and the team that support them make a huge effort throughout the year and we are tremendously proud of what they are able to achieve.”

The charities were selected following nominations from employees.

Several of the workers completed Edinburgh Marathon during the year of fundraising, with others taking part in a skydive, and a few finishing the Total Warrior obstacle race in Edinburgh.

Last month representatives from the four charities visited Plexus to receive cheques from the employees who nominated them.