Marathon cheque for rural charity

Lesley Wylie presenting the cheque for �1913.50 to Margo Wills, RSABI Development Officer.

Lesley Wylie presenting the cheque for �1913.50 to Margo Wills, RSABI Development Officer.

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A unique rural charity has received a generous donation from a farmer’s daughter who ran this year’s London Marathon.

Lesley Wylie, from Muirhouses, Kirriemuir, ran the marathon in 3 hours 48 minutes, generating a tremendous fundraising a total of £1913.50 for Royal Scottish Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RSABI).

RSABI provides financial assistance, support and a helpline to people with backgrounds in agriculture, forestry, fish-farming, rural estate work, gamekeeping, crofting and horticulture who, due to age, injury, illness or misfortune find that they are unable to cope. Last year it helped over 900 people, contributed around £600,000 in direct financial support.

Margo Wills, RSABI Development Officer had the following to say about Lesley’s achievement: “Lesley has done RSABI proud – we are just delighted to have received such a significant amount which will help RSABI provide financial assistance, support and helpline to over 900 people across the country. Lesley really toiled to break the four hour barrier for all our beneficiaries!”

Lesley, who works for ABP Perth, added: “I would like to thank everybody who helped me achieve my goal of running The London Marathon and also to all the generous people who sponsored me – it was a fantastic experience!

“Coming from a farming background, I’m very aware of the hardships that many farmers and rural land workers face, so RSABI seemed like an obvious charity for me to raise money for. I’ve always supported the work that they’ve done and am proud to be able to donate to such a worthwhile cause.”