Great Ormond Street Fundraiser An All Round Success

A charity rugby match in the Borders has helped to raise funds for a world-renowned children’s hospital.

Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital will receive a cheque for £2,000 this week after the fund-raising match between an Earlston XV and Harry’s Hurricanes went down a hit at The Haugh.

The match was organised by the Radio Borders rugby commentator, Stuart McCulloch, to say thank you to the staff of the London hospital who looked after his son when he was diagnosed with epilepsy.


The match was won comfortably by the Borders select team, Harry’s Hurricanes, 58-19, with a stand-out performance, from Selkirk’s Fraser Harkness, who scored a hat-trick of tries in the match. Hawick YM’s tight-head prop Wullie Blacklock also scored a trio of conversions.

Harry and Stuart took the field too. Harry scored the winning try and Stuart just scraped by having lined-up in the front-row for the first time in 27 years.

Stuart said: “I can’t thank everyone enough. We’ve raised money for Harry’s Trust and the people and players have been phenomenal. As for me, well, I won’t be able to walk for a few days. The power and sheer ferocity in the scrum was unbelievable and I’m very sore!

Special thanks to Scott Renwick (MC) and Earlston captain Stuart Dick who ran the auction. Also to all the players for their contributions.

Many people contributed to the successful day including Earlston RFC, who hosted the event, T Brown and Sons of Melrose (Match ball sponsorship), Wylie’s Butchers of Kelso (donating burgers), the many volunteers who helped out before and on the day, Zoo Sports (who donated the jerseys) and the many who gave auction prizes towards the cause (including signed jerseys from Sale, Saracens, Barbarians and CSM Clermont Avergne).