Scrum with Scott for charity
SCOTT scrubbing up in this year's Tranent's gala parade.
Larger-then-life town comic plans epic fundraising weekend to mark 50th birthday
SOME people celebrate their 50th birthday with the purchase of a new sports car or a facelift... but not Scott Glynn.
The Tranent comedian is determined to enjoy a far more generous gift when he celebrates his milestone birthday next May, by organising an epic rugby-themed fundraising challenge in aid of five deserving charities.
The Ross High RFC president plans to lead a sponsored walk to each of the six East Lothian rugby clubs in a trip spanning more than 50 miles, and play a match at each stop along the route, over two days on May 4/5.
On May 3, a concert will be held in the club for walkers, players and their friends and family before the fundraising weekend kicks off.
Scott has already received backing from each of the clubs, including North Berwick, Haddington and Preston Lodge in Prestonpans, for the fundraiser. Each county club will appoint an 'ambassador' to be involved in preparation for the 'Walk with Scott' challenge.
Charity squad The Crusaders RFC, whose players have either had cancer themselves or have had a close family member that has, have also pledged to walk with Scott and play in the games. They will also be supplying kits to fundraisers keen to take to the pitch over the weekend.
Scott, who also sits on the board of directors of Tranent's Recharge youth facility, told the Courier: "It's my 50th birthday in January and I wanted to make sure that I did something I would always remember.
"Seeing as the Scottish weather hasn't been up to much in January the past couple of years I decided our best chance of sunshine would be to hold it in May.
"Though given the recent wet weather we've had I'm not exactly sure that theory is sound anymore!
"The walk which will begin at the Tranent clubhouse at 7am, involves an overnight stay in North Berwick and finishes up back at Ross High RFC on the second day.
"I've had amazing support so far so I'm confident we'll be able to pull it off. These are all amazing charities and deserve all the support they can get, so I hope the entire East Lothian community gets behind this plan.
"I'm looking for both fundraisers to join me and volunteers to help along the route with tasks like manning water stations etc.
"Anyone interested in taking part is more than welcome to do a stage or two rather than the whole walk. All are welcome.
The money he raises will be divided between 'Scott's Pot' of charities, which includes Teenage Cancer Trust, Hearts and Balls, Erskine, Big Cahoonas and the Bill McLaren Foundation. Anyone who joins Scott in the challenge can choose any charity they'd like to support, but must donate 10 per cent of their sponsorship to 'Scott's Pot'.
For more information, contact Scott by calling 01875 615668 or 07983 515370 or by emailing email@example.com
This article appeared in East Lothian Courier 28 Jun 12