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Young farmers push and pull their way up Criffel

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By Fiona Reid
Young farmers push and pull their way up Criffel

MEMBERS of Lower Nithsdale YFC huffed, puffed, pushed and pulled their way to the top of Criffel on Sunday.

They completed their ‘A Push and A Pull for Parkinson’s UK’ challenge, which involved assisting Ian Burgess 1875 feet to the hill top in a cart.

It was a lifelong dream come true for Ian, from New Abbey, who had always wanted to climb the landmark but due to a diagnosis of Parkinson’s could no longer do it alone.

He was delighted when the young farmers stepped in to help, raising £6250 for a good cause at the same time.

The weather stayed dry for the fundraiser and Dumfriesshire Lord Lieutenant Fiona Armstrong was at the finish line to meet, greet and congratulate everyone involved.

A Lower Nithsdale club spokesperson this week said: “We did it! What a day we had.”

And they thanked the Anderson family for the loan of the gig, Mountain Rescue for support through the planning process and on the day; the Burgess family and Ian himself for “being such a good sport and taking part in this quirky charity event”.

Donations can still be made to the club’s JustGiving page, which will remain open until Sunday.

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