BURLY rugby players will don pink shirts for their big game today in memory of a former teammate’s baby daughter who died aged just 19 days old.
Boroughmuir Rugby Club players are supporting former lock Alastair “Chewy” Davidson and his wife, Kate, who lost baby daughter Tilly last month.
The tot was born prematurely on January 9 and was just 19 days old when she passed away due to complications.
Players for the club, who train at Meggetland Sports Complex in Colinton, will do their warm-up wearing pink T-shirts bearing the words “For Tilly” during the BT Scottish Cup quarter-finals against Stirling County today.
A fundraising page established in her memory has already raised more than £8300 for Simpson’s Special Care Babies, a charity dedicated to sick newborn babies treated at the Simpson Intensive Care Unit at the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.
In a message posted on the fundraising page, the family said: “Our little girl has showed so much strength in her battle, which sadly she lost.
“Although we knew her time with us was limited, it was unexpected for her to leave us so soon. We will treasure every one of the 19 days we spent cuddling and loving her.”
The rugby club was moved to act after hearing about the Davidsons’ loss and punters will also be encouraged to make a donation to the cause during the game.
Team captain Andy Rose said: “All of the teams at Boroughmuir are doing it to show support for Alastair and his family. He’s such a nice guy, always a club man and always smiling. It was so sad to hear about what happened.”
Head coach Bruce Aitchison said: “Sometimes things happen in life to make you realise that rugby is just a game and that there are many other, far more important things.
“But also, that the rugby family supports one another in times of need and tragedy.”
Scotland flanker Al Strokosch threw his weight behind the charity drive at his old club, where he played alongside Davidson in his amateur career.
He said: “I played with Ally, one of the genuinely nice guys and a great player. The entire Scotland squad are aware of what is happening at Meggetland and encourage everyone who can to go along.”
The T-shirts for the game have been donated by Leith-based printing firm Super Logo.
To donate, visit www.mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/alastairdavidson1.