Father and son do it for Don

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A MORPETH father and son teamed up for a gruelling run to raise money for a disabled relative.

Graeme and Charlie Trotter, both members of Morpeth Harriers, completed the Edinburgh Half Marathon in aid of the Do It 4 Don fund and have now collected more than £1,000 from sponsorship and pledges.

It was set up by the family of former journalist Donald MacLeod following an accident in March last year when he was knocked off his bike and suffered severe brain injuries.

Although he has made excellent progress, he will need care for the rest of his life.

Graeme Trotter, a Morpeth Town councillor, said: “We ran it together from start to finish and we were pleased with our time of just over one hour and 36 minutes.

“I enjoyed it far more than I thought I was going to, mainly because I was running with Charlie,”

“He did really well for a 17-year-old.

“But the important thing was raising money for my brother-in-law Don, who is very well respected by everyone who knows him and worked with him.

“There have been many moving tributes to him, including from fellow journalists and people he interviewed.

“We’ve been touched by the number of donations — the good side of people’s nature comes to the fore in these circumstances.”

Graeme added: “In Morpeth, this includes contributions from friends and family, my fellow councillors and fellow members of the St George’s Community Players group.”

Don started his journalism career at the Durham Advertiser and went on to work for the Newcastle Evening Chronicle, The Scotsman, The Independent and The Guardian, where he was chief education correspondent and editor.

A few months before the accident he had taken up the post of Communications Officer for the Russell Group of universities.

He is currently in a nursing home and the fund pays for extra equipment to help with mobility and therapies, such as hydrotherapy.

For more information or to make a donation visit www.doit4don.com

Don’s sister, Morpeth author Janet MacLeod Trotter, is donating all proceeds from her latest novel The Vanishing of Ruth to the fund.

Copies are available from the Chantry in Bridge Street.