Catherine’s big push is big success

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A DEDICATED fundraiser has helped raise hundreds of pounds for veterans’ charity the Mark Wright Project.

Catherine Dunn, from Newtongrange, has arranged a £500 donation to the charity from the Straiton TK Maxx store, which will be presented on Saturday. Ms Dunn also helped raise more than £1000 for the Dalkeith-based charity by asking firms and famous people to donate goods to be raffled and auctioned at a recent fundraising event.

Among the items she collected were a bottle of whisky from First Minister Alex Salmond and a T-shirt from Olympic gold medallist Chris Hoy. She hopes to raise more funds with a cheese-and-wine night at the Dean Tavern at Newtongrange on September 9.

For tickets, call 07770 379 969. The charity is run by Jem and Bob Wright in memory of their son, who died while rescuing colleagues from a minefield in Afghanistan.