MORAY athlete Paul Hughes has been given an Olympic bolt from the blue to boost his fundraising efforts for cancer patients.
Paul, an NHS project officer, is running 12 half-marathons in 12 months to support the work of The Oaks palliative day care centre in Elgin.
And Jamaican sprint ace Usain Bolt has added his weight to his efforts.
The Olympic champion, who ran the second fastest 100m in history on Sunday night, has sent three signed photographs to the Forres Harrier to raffle for the cause.
Paul (44) has already completed seven races and raised over £1,000 for the Macmillan Cancer Support hospice.
Paul, a former RAF Kinloss admin officer, is raffling off some other athletic sporting items.
"So far I have had some fantastic responses from some generous sports stars and their agents," he said.
They include a signed Team GB Beijing Olympics 2008 vest and crop top from London 2012 athlete and World Championship bronze medallist Lisa Dobriskey, who goes in the final of the women’s 1500m tonight (Friday) at 8.55pm along with team-mate Laura Weightman.
Paul will give a free raffle entry to everyone who donates to his challenge.
"I have also received signed photographs from Mo Farah and Christine Ohurugu to add to the prize list."
Full details of Paul’s appeal are on his JustGiving page which links to the endowment fund for The Oaks - www.justgiving.com/Paul-Hughes17
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