PEEBLES Rugby Club have raised £3,051 for disadvantaged children in the Borders.

The club took part in Radio Borders Cash 4 Kids campaign. And they scooped also a £250 reward for the most creative fundraising idea – Poo in the Park 2

Niall Burns, a Peebles RFC midi coach, was the inspiration for the idea.

He said: “We needed an approach that would light up the imagination of people across the Tweed Valley, no matter whether they had children involved in the club or not. I’m a former farmer myself so I thought it would work!”

So what was it all about? The idea was to sell of sections of the Peebles 1st XV pitch for £5 and then and then on October 10, local farmer Sandy Smellie released two of his sheep ‘Wool-i-am’ and ‘Barry-Manor-Low’ onto the Gytes pitch.

Wherever the first sheep did their ‘golden’ poo, the owner of the square would scoop £100.

The winner of the lucky section of turf was Stefanie McLauchlan.

Stefanie couldn’t believe her luck. She said: “I’m absolutely delighted. It’s been a fun event and has raised money for two very worthwhile causes.”

In addition to Your Rugby, the money raised will also benefit The Clan which is there to support players of all ages with learning difficulties.

Speaking on behalf of the rugby club, Mark Thomson said: “I’m blown away by the support we’ve had from the amazing people of Peebles along with local businesses.

“On behalf of Peebles RFC youth section, I’d just like to thank Nick Weston for managing the whole process and everyone who donated including local businesses Impact Landscapes, Off the Back Barbers, Carol’s Greetings, Thomson Gray, Sporty Kids, Wood Oven Wonders, Accommodate Rural, Irvine Plant Hire, Castle Warehouse, Borders Chiropractic and finally, Raeburn & Campbell.”