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Football: Pals dig deep to help out Don.

Byline: ANDREW McINNES

FORMER pro footballer Steve McCormick's heading a campaign to raise money for his old team-mate Don McVicar, who's in the advanced stages of Motor Neurone Disease.

Steve and Don played together at Forfar and Arbroath in the mid-1990s and have kept in touch ever since.

News broke of McVicar's plight just a few months ago - and his pal realised he'd have to help.

McCormick organised a successful golf day last Sunday as part of an overall fundraising attempt - but he's still got a way to go. He said: 'What's happened to Don is absolutely terrible and at this stage we're trying to raise pounds 5000 to buy him a specialised chair, which his wife Donna tells us will make his life a bit easier.

'We made pounds 500 on Sunday and we were delighted that Don and Donna made it along.

'The golf weekend at Harburn Golf Club was organised a good six months ago as part of a series of events to mark the 10th anniversary of Forfar winning the Third Division championship.

'However, when I found out what had happened to Don, we decided to make it a fund-raiser.

'We got a good turnout,with the likes of Bobby Mann, David Bingham and Alan Morgan, who've all played at the highest level, coming along. Tommy Campbell,who managed the 1995 title-winning team was also there.

'I decided to match any money made with a cheque from my business, Red House Fencing, so that made it pounds 1000 in total.'

Anyone wishing to contribute can send a cheque made payable to the Don McVivar Benefit Fund to the following address: Don McVicar Benefit Fund, care of Red House Fencing, Cousland Farm, Seafield, West Lothian, EH47 7BN.

Steve McCormick can be contacted on: 07768 771781

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