Gallagher family says thanks to community

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THE family of young Peterhead rugby player Daniel Gallagher has thanked the Buchan community for its incredible fundraising and support over the past few months.

Daniel (22), suffered horrific injuries on the isle of Arran in April after being hit by a police car.

He had been in Arran 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 the police van which was responding to an emergency call.

Daniel had to have both legs amputated and is currently undergoing rehabilitation at Glasgow’s Southern General Hospital.

On Friday, Daniel’s mum Ann told the Buchanie that her son was doing well and hoped to be home in the next two to three months.

“Daniel is improving every day and although he has another major operation to his heart coming up, he is able to continue with his rehabilitation,” she said.

“The next step after the operation is getting home, and that will hopefully be in a couple of months.

“Daniel will be wheelchair dependent, but he will be independent!

“We would like to thank everyone for the incredible fundraising events that have taken place and are still to be done and for the thoughts and prayers we have received.”

Ann also thanked the emergency srvices on Arran, the air ambulance and emergency services in Glasgow and the surgeons and staff who fought to save Daniel and all those involved in his care.

Special thanks were given to Peterhead Rugby Club for their continuing support, the Scottish Rugby Union and the rugby fraternity of Scotland.

“We would like to say thank-you to Peterhead Jogscotland and businesses in the Buchan area who have given tremendous support to us,” she said.

“And, of course, to family and friends and the Peterhead and surrounding communities - and to communities abroad, to Peterhead Health Centre and to Daniel’s work, The Write Image, for their support.”

Fundraising for Daniel continues and with £40,000 having been raised to-date which is being held in a trust fund under the auspices of Peterhead Rugby Club.

There was a special award made to Daniel recently when rugby club mates Fraser Macfarlane Michael Reeves and Adam Stephen travelled to Glasgow to present him with the Players’ Player of the Year Award.

Rugby Club members carried out their own fundraiser at the end of April when they held a special fun day at the town’s Lido.

The 20-strong group took to the icy waters of Peterhead Bay dressed in mankinis to raise cash for their team mate.

The team hoped to raise around £2,000, but managed to smash the total and netted more than £18,000.