KIND-HEARTED young farmers have raised more than £750 for a hospital which has helped a friend who was seriously injured in an accident last December.

East Lothian Junior Agricultural Club held its annual dinner at Belhaven Fruit Farm last month.

Douglas Pate, chairman, told the Courier: “We had a raffle and there were prizes donated by the young farmer members and local businesses. We decided we would try to raise money in aid of something this year.”

The group decided upon raising funds for the Queen Elizabeth National Spinal Injuries unit, where Kristopher Paterson is currently being treated.

The 24-year-old, who plays for Haddington Rugby Club, suffered serious spinal injuries after part of a wall collapsed on him in early December. However, it is understood he is progressing well.

Mr Paterson, a former Knox Academy pupil, has spent more than two months in the spinal unit in Glasgow, having transferred from the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh.

The dinner dance raised £788 for the unit. A group from the East Lothian Junior Agricultural Club visited the hospital last Thursday evening to handover the cheque.