Max Murphy this week's Local Hero!
When it comes to raising money for charity, it doesn't matter how old you are, as long as you're putting in the effort when it counts. In the case of six-year-old Max Murphy - this week's It's Good 2 Give Local Hero - the Duns Primary School student has been going the extra mile, and more, to fundraise for the Borders General Hospital during the current COVID-19 pandemic.
Like all kids, Max - who is currently in Primary 2 and plays mini rugby at Duns RFC - loves his computer games, but he decided to put down his controller and pick up a pair of running shoes in a bid to help all those at the Borders General Hospital, where his mum is a paediatric nurse.
Max's mission was simple: run three laps of his local park each night until the end of lockdown - this was his way of saying thank you. His nightly runs around the park soon took off and when his mum and dad set up a Just Giving page, he began to not only clock up the miles, but raise money too!
Max initially hoped to raise £100, but after just five days he had already raised £500. Each night, Max would head to the park with his family as support, while the local community soon began to stand up and take notice, cheering on his every lap.
Max ran every night for a month from April 29 to May 29, totalling 33 miles - technically an ultra marathon - an amazing feat for a six-year-old. Donations continued to flood in and after hitting his £1000 target, he is currently sitting on a total of £1845, with 136 supporters having donated to his cause.
Max spoke to the Berwickshire News last month during his charity run, and said: “I am planning on running three laps around my local park each night before bed until the end of lockdown. This is instead of sitting watching TV or playing the Xbox in the evening.”
He added: “I would like to say a big thank you to everyone who works at my local hospital – The Borders General.
“I would like the money I raise to help towards patient care. It must be really scary being a patient especially at the moment so I hope this money helps make a little difference."
While Max finished his fundraising laps last week, you can still donate to The Borders General Hospital via his Just Giving page. He may only be six, but Max has gone that extra mile to make a different during these times of uncertainty. He is this week's It's Good 2 Give Local Hero.