Players take to water for injured Daniel

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PETERHEAD rugby players are set to take to the chilly waters of the Lido to raise funds for seriously-injured team mate Daniel Gallagher.

The 20-strong group will take to the water in Borat-style mankinis on Sunday May 6, to help support Daniel and his family after a horror smash on Arran left the 22-year-old in a critical condition.

The team decided to take action following the news that doctors at Glasgow’s Southern General Hospital were forced to amputate both of Daniel’s legs last week.

“The whole team is behind Daniel and his mother,” says team mate Ryan Rhydderch. “We want to do all we can to support the family at this difficult time.”

Ryan (25) and the team hope to raise at least £2,000 to help pay for accommodation for Daniel’s mum Ann as she remains in Glasgow to support her son in his recovery.

“He’s such a spot on guy,” says Ryan, who started playing rugby around the same time as Daniel two years ago. “It’s been quite hard to take what’s happened to him, but we’ve got to accept it and do what we can for him.

“His mum Ann is still down in Glasgow and they will need to adapt their house when Daniel comes home.”

Daniel travelled to the western isle on April 7 with the Buchan Broncos team as part of an Easter Sevens tournament.

It is believed that the trainee graphic designer was injured during the match and had been making his way to a dance using crutches when he was struck by a police van responding to an emergency call. The team will set off from the pontoon at the Marina at 3pm on Sunday, May 6 and swim to the beach at the Lido. Search for Peterhead Rugby Club on Facebook for a link to sponsor the team.