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Bailey Gwynne’s mum raises thousands for knife charity in fundraising mud run

Bailey Gwynne died on October 28, 2015.
Bailey Gwynne died on October 28, 2015.

The mother of Aberdeen school pupil Bailey Gwynne has raised thousands of pounds for a knife crime charity in memory of her son, who died three years ago in a tragic school stabbing.

Kate Gwynne took on the gruelling Glack Attack obstacle challenge and endurance run on Saturday at Aberdeenshire’s Glack Hill, close to Dunecht.

Although she had initially aimed to raise £200, Ms Gwynne had last night generated more than £3,200 for the Ben Kinsella Trust.

The organisation works with young people to educate them about the dangers of carrying bladed weapons.

The courageous mother’s charitable challenge has been backed by more than 100 friends and family members, including Bailey’s fellow Cults Academy pupils.

During the mud run, Ms Gwynne and hundreds of other participants paddled through icy water, crawled under netting, squeezed through walls of tyres and more.

The 5km Glack Attack race took place just one day before the third anniversary of Bailey’s death on October 28, 2015, when he was fatally wounded in a fight during his lunch hour.


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He was 16 years old.

In an online post ahead of Saturday’s race, Ms Gwynne said: “2018 is the year of the young person.

“So following that theme, we will be running the Glack Attack in honour of our forever young Bailey.

“We are running along with a lovely group of mums, dads and children raising funds for the Ben Kinsella Trust.

“It had always been the plan to run either the Glack Attack or the Beast Race with Bailey, something that would have been a breeze for him, but not quite such a breeze for me.

“I was actually hoping he’d piggyback me around the course. I’m sure he’ll be there hurling us all over the obstacles in spirit.

“This would have been a challenge he would have relished.

“Walk tall Bailey, this one’s for you, I hope we can do you proud.”

To donate to the fundraiser and help Ms Gwynne raise even more money,visit www.justgiving.com and search for Kate Gwynne.

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