Edinburgh & Perth

Buccleuch Free Church Kids Complete Charity Duathlon

November 21, 2017

Four young children from Buccleuch Free Church have performed a 5km duathlon, raising £297 for the LoveOliver charity which funds research into childhood cancer.

On Saturday 18 November, In bright sunshine and a bitter November wind, Dara Faulkner, Catriona Hammer, and Euan Lytle (all aged 7), with Euan’s nine-year-old brother Calum, raised the money by alternately riding and running along the Gilmerton to Straiton cycle path south of Edinburgh.

LoveOliver provides support for families affected by childhood cancer. The charity works closely with CLIC Sargent Social workers and provides supermarket vouchers and financial grants to these families as well as gift packs for teenagers and children who have suffered a relapse. In addition, LoveOliver donates games, books, toys, crafts and therapy supplies, when requested, to three children’s oncology hospital wards.

Oliver was born in July 2010 with a very rare and aggressive form of cancer – a Malignant Rhabdoid Tumour. Despite continuing to thrive and smile his way through intensive chemotherapy, he passed away peacefully at home on Christmas Day 2010, aged just 24 weeks old.

In 2011 his parents, Andy and Jennifer Gill, started LoveOliver. At that time Jennifer’s brother, Alasdair, was an office-bearer in the Buccleuch congregation which became one of the first churches to support the new charity and help to keep Oliver's smile and story alive.

Rev. James Ross commended the children: “They all worked really hard for the duathlon and in raising money for a really valuable cause. We were glad to give them a well-deserved round of applause at church on Sunday, both for braving the 5k and for their enthusiasm to support LoveOliver.“