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DJ Graeme gives up birthday gifts for charity

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By Fiona Reid
DJ Graeme gives up birthday gifts for charity

AN Ecclefechan DJ gave up his birthday gifts in favour of raising money for a special charity.

Graeme McClelland, better known locally as BJ the DJ, raised £1200 for Cystic Fibrosis Research in memory of the late Dylan Hairstains, who passed away as a teen in 2012 because of the illness.

DJ Graeme, whose twin children share a the same mum as Dylan, held a big birthday bash in August to celebrate turning 50.

But in lieu of gifts he asked his 140 plus guests to make a charitable donation to Cystic Fibrosis Research instead.

He said: “I’m very lucky that I’m so healthy and happy. There were not any presents that I wanted or needed so I thought it was much better to raise money for a charity that means a lot to me.”

The seasoned fundraiser has raised money for other charities in the past but says he always knew that he would dedicate his 50th to Dylan.

He said: “I was shocked and overwhelmed to raise £1200 for charity. I’ve made sure that all the money stays in Scotland, as local as possible.

“I am so thankful to all my friends and family for their donations – £1200 is a great amount.”

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