MORE than 1,000 people took to the Lido on Sunday, to show their support for injured rugby player Daniel Gallagher.
Daniel’s family and friends said they were “overwhelmed” by the efforts of the community as more than £18,000 was raised to assist with the 22-year-old’s recovery.
Joggers from Jog Scotland organised a fun run, while players from Peterhead Rugby Club braved the cold and took to the water clad in Borat-style mankinis, to the delight of spectators on the packed beach and surrounding area.
Assistant Coach Mike Reeves said: “It was such a fantastic day. The whole community came together - the Lido was absolutely buzzing. Everybody was helping and asking if they could lend a hand. People were just coming to me and handing me wads of notes to put in the pot.”
A massive £18,574 was raised on the day, with thousands more expected to pour in over the coming days from online sponsorship.
Player Ryan Rhydderch, who took to the water with 20 team-mates, explained: “It was absolutely baltic! A couple of the boys had to be picked up by the Lifeboat. It was so cold that two of the lads got cramp and a third had an asthma attack. They were fine half an hour after - the cold water was just such a shock.”
“But it was all worth it and we are absolutely over the moon - the day couldn’t have gone any better. We just want to do whatever we can to help Daniel and his family.”
Mike said that Daniel had made a “massive recovery” but that there was still along way to go.
He said: “The last time I spoke to Daniel, he kept saying thank you. I just told him, ‘mate, you don’t need to thank us.’ Fundraising will be ongoing and we will do whatever we can to help.”
Daniel’s Mum Ann said that she was “overwhelmed” by the support and thanked members of the community for coming out on SUnday.
She said: “We just want to thank everyone from the bottom of our hearts - to the rugby club, Jog Scotland and everyone who came along.”