50 not out for Stuart
MAKING it to 50 is one of life's milestones and Stuart Young wanted to do something memorable to celebrate.
Stuart, who turned 50 last year, had been thinking for some time that he wanted to do something for charity.
He had read a lot about the good work Help for Heroes do and told himself that he was going to do a charity bike challenge for them.
Stuart, who lives in Newcastleton, said: "I started to search for the right challenge for me and came across The Big Battlefield Bike Ride 2017.
"The Big Battlefield Bike Ride is held between September 10 and 15. It starts in Lille and follows in the "footsteps" of the troops who parachuted in during World War Two in Operation Market Garden.
"From Lille we head to Brussels and Hasselt in Belgium, then onto Eindhoven and Nijmegen in Holland and, finally, to Arnhem.
"There will be 200 riders from all over the British Isles, including some veterans. We will stop at various war memorials along the way to pay our respects to the soldiers who never came home.
"The bike ride will end in Arnhem and will coincide with a display by hundreds of Paras dropping in to commemorate Operation Market Garden, a sight to behold in anyone's eyes."
Stuart has been busy organising fundraising events with the help of family and friends. They raised about £900 at a coffee morning in Newcastleton village hall last Saturday.
Stuart said: The community spirit in The Holm really is fantastic and everyone pulls together."
Other fundraising events coming up are a race night in Legends on April 22, a quiz night in the Liddesdale Hotel on May 27 and an England v Scotland football match on June 10 which will be followed by supper in The Trap.
If anyone would like to donate but can't make it to any of the events, they can donate through Stuart's just giving page on his Facebook timeline or send a text SYOU75 followed by £5 to 70070.
He said: "Thank you in advance for all donations."