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Here's Tay you,mum.

Byline: JOHN JEFFAY reporters@dailyrecord.co.uk

A SEVEN-YEAR-OLD has walked across a road bridge 20 times in a day in memory of his mum.

Charlie Watts was just two when mum Eileen lost her battle against stomach and liver cancer.

After coming up with the idea of the special tribute to her, Charlie and his dad Adam spent 10 hours trekking back and forth across the 1.4-mile Tay Bridge, one of the longest in Europe.

Their amazing effort raised PS3700 for Roxburghe House, the palliative care unit at Royal Victoria Hospital, Dundee, where Eileen spent her final days.

The day of their walk - Saturday - would have been Eileen's 52nd birthday.

Adam said that friends, family and even complete strangers supported them on the day, with people coming up and handing them money.

The 52-year-old said: "I'm bursting with pride at Charlie's efforts.

"He just kept going and was still full of running at the end, even though his legs were like elastic.

"He was a complete trooper.

"Many people had a tear in their eye when they spoke to Charlie and congratulated him on his amazing efforts.

"It's something that is obviously close to him.

"He was two in the November and his mum died the following February."

Dad-of-five Adam said when Charlie decided he wanted to do the walk for his mum, it "took my breath away".

He added: "He's very thoughtful. A very deep thinker. He's a lovely kid."

The family lived in Monifieth when Eileen passed away, aged 46, but have since moved to Perthshire.

Charlie had initially hoped to raise PS500 but by Friday, their campaign had already attracted more than PS3500 worth of donations.

Adam said: "It's incredible. I'm totally shocked by how much this raised and Charlie is as well.

"The generosity has been unbelievable."

Adam reckons the duo covered about 30 miles as they set out across the bridge and 10 times - bringing their gruelling effort to a close at 6.30pm.

Charlie said: "I am raising the money for Roxburghe House because it was where my mum got looked after - it is going to be on her birthday, too.

"Then I asked my dad where they lived when my mum wasn't well.

"He said she had been in Roxburghe House and I asked if I could raise money for them.

"I am always thinking about my mum, I just want her to know that I really love her and I really miss her too."

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Date:Aug 28, 2018
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