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By Euan Maxwell
Dumfries and West
Plane pull for David

A DUMFRIES NHS worker is gearing up to pull a 1500 kilo aeroplane for three worthy causes.

David Murray will aim to pull a plane one kilometre, with the money raised going to Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary’s theatre department, the hospital’s diabetic department for equipment and the Dumfries Veterans Garden.

The 53-year-old said: “Throughout covid my colleagues and other departments have been stretched to, and beyond, their limits. I thought something to make people smile and laugh would be a good idea, so I decided to try and pull a light aircraft 1000m along Kirkbride airfield.”

He added: “The diabetic department did a fantastic job looking after my daughter, Zara, for years and this is some payback to them.”

Zara was diagnosed with diabetes when she was just five and had both kidney and pancreas transplants during her life. She sadly got sepsis and died in 2009.

Donations and support have flooded in for David and he’s been busy practising and building his physical strength.

David added: “The guys at Carlisle Flight Training Centre have been excellent with me. They’ve allowed me to use their planes to train with when needed.

“Also, I’m towing my car within the Crichton Grounds with my friend Jim being the driver in the car. I have been training towing the car when my shifts and weather allow for six months.”

The big pull will take place on Saturday November 13 at Kirkbride airfield in Cumbria.

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