Great Ormond Street Charity Match

Harry McCullochA very special game of rugby will take place at The Haugh in Earlston on Saturday 11 August at 3pm to raise money for the Great Ormond Street Hospital.

The match will take place between an Earlston XV and a specially selected Border team called Harry’s Hurricanes. Harry’s Hurricanes will be selected by Radio Border’s commentator and presenter, Stuart McCulloch, in honour of his son Harry who has been treated at the London hospital.

Stuart McCulloch said: “Harry likes his rugby so we thought a game where he could captain the side would be fun as well as raising money for Great Ormond Street. 

A big thanks to all the guys that are turning out for ‘Harry’s Hurricanes’ and to Earlston RFC who have been a great help with setting this match up.”

Stuart will turn out in the front-row for his first game of rugby in 20 years and eight year-old Harry will lead the team out and kick-off the match. They will also be joined by former Scotland internationals and a selection of current Border players. Admission will be by donation on the gate.

At the age of 16 months Harry was diagnosed with Hydrocephalus (fluid on the brain) and the youngster had to endure numerous operations.  Harry has a left-sided weakness and is also registered as partially sighted. At two years old he was diagnosed with epilepsy.  He had to be treated in London at Great Ormond Street Hospital where more operations were needed. 

As a result the operation was a success. Harry has no more seizures but he has lost the use of his left hand. The care and support received by the family throughout this time was extraordinary and Harry’s parents, Stuart and Pauline Martin, now want to give something back by raising funds for such a worthwhile cause.

Earlston President Stuart Matthew said: “I was delighted when Stuart approached me to help with this. As one of a small bunch of people who run our rugby club and with the association of Stuart through his involvement with Radio Borders and rugby in general I felt this was too good an opportunity to pass up.

“I felt the whole community and especially our club could get behind this and give something back as Pauline has helped us out on numerous Saturday afternoons. I would now like to thank all who have donated their time and given to us so generously and hope that many will come along on the day to help us and Great Ormond Street Hospital.”