In October 2021, Annan experienced flash floods that resulted in the loss of two historic footbridges, the Cuthbertson Memorial Bridge and the Diamond Jubilee Bridge.
The community was devastated by the loss of these bridges, which were a vital part of the town’s infrastructure and important to both local residents and fishermen.
In response to this tragedy, John Patterson, a local resident, has decided to take on a massive challenge to raise funds for the rebuilding of the bridges. He will be running a 5k every single day throughout 2023, covering a total distance of 1875km, or the equivalent of 1185 miles. This challenge will not be easy, as John will have to run in all weather conditions, including rain, wind, and snow, and even on holidays and weekends away.
John has already received a great deal of support from the community and has raised £67,000 in the past 3 and a half years through his fundraising efforts. He has set up a GoFundMe page for donations and has also distributed sponsor sheets to local businesses and shops in the hope of raising even more money for this important cause.
Despite the loss of the bridges, John remains optimistic and is determined to do whatever it takes to help rebuild them. He knows that it will be a long and difficult process, but with the support of the community and local businesses, he is confident that they can succeed in raising the funds needed to bring the beloved Cuthbertson Memorial Bridge and Diamond Jubilee Bridge back to the town of Annan.