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Minibus driver raises £550 for Musselburgh service

The Hollies Hub minibus driver has done his best to raise £550 for the facility which provides services for the elderly.

Ewan Mclay, from Musselburgh, completed a ‘virtual’ walk from John o’ Groats to Land’s End as part of the ‘End to End’ challenge – a total of 874 miles.

His walking routine was varied and included a round of golf, a stroll through Musselburgh and a few extra miles of walking to work.

He started the walk in January and finished it last month, and was grateful to everyone who donated.

He said: “I would like to thank everyone who supported me.”

The Hollies, based on Musselburgh High Street, runs a lunch club, hairdresser and public cafe.

The hub had been hit by a cash crunch, raising fears it may have to close its doors at the end of April.

A Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organization (SCIO), it depends on funding from outside bodies and applications to funders have not been successful.

A lifeline has been thrown at the facility, which has been providing services to the elderly for 60 years, with an injection of £32,000 from the Musselburgh Common Good Fund.

A GoFundMe page has also been created and a petition launched to urge locals to support the campaign to save the Hollies Community Hub.

Manager Liz Shannon said: “Bravo to Ewan for his ‘virtual’ sponsored walk and thank you.”

Honest Lass Amy Rooke of 2022 presented her with her medal for completing the march when the official party visited the Hollies during Musselburgh Festival Week.

They also helped with a raffle that raised over £500 for the hub.