SINGERS from the Galawater area have raised £1,500 for Borders rugby legend Doddie Weir’s motor neurone disease charity. Residents of all ages took part in the rugby-themed sing-along at Stow Parish Church earlier this summer to raise funds for the My Name’5 Doddie Foundation. They performed a variety of tunes, including Scottish, Irish, Welsh, French, English and Italian – all in keeping with the Six Nations theme. John Wilkinson, chairman of the Galawater Singers Choir said: “It was Julia Campbell, our musical director, she was the one behind the idea. Julia is a close neighbour of Nanny and Jock [Doddie’s parent], and Nanny herself came along to the event to listen to the singers.

“Around 20 choir members and 30 children took part in the event, it was a joyous occasion.”

And Nanny Weir was on hand to receive the cheque recently.

She told us: “I am delighted to have accepted the cheque on Doddie’s behalf. I’d also like to thank Galawater Singers, the children from the schools in Stow, Fountainhall and Heriot, and also the sponsors who supplied the wine and the afternoon tea, it was much appreciated and everyone had a lovely time.”

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