Eight Cumnock pals have banded together to raise a fantastic sum for charity - as a gesture of thanks for the care one of them received in hospital.

The Robert Burns Academy pupils raised more than £2,000 for children in hospital in Ayrshire by organising their own 10km fun run for Crosshouse Children's Fund.

One of them, 15-year-old Jamie, has spent the last four years being looked after by hospital staff after being diagnosed with two life-changing conditions.  

To give back to the NHS heroes that played a pivotal role in his recovery, Jamie teamed up with his friends, Scott, Cole, Andrew, Michael, Mason, and Kai, to complete 'Jamie's Fun Run' through Cumnock.

Another friend of Jamie's, Lennon, took part in the Great Scottish Run on October 1, raising £380.

Combined with the funds raised by the group weeks earlier, the pals' efforts resulted in a total donation of £2,080. 

Cumnock Chronicle: Lennon took on the Great Scottish Run for Jamie.Lennon took on the Great Scottish Run for Jamie. (Image: Crosshouse Children’s Fund)

Shona, Jamie's mother, said: "When Jamie wanted to do something to raise funds, his friends decided they would too.

"Jamie's friends have been a great support throughout his younger teenage years, and we are so incredibly proud and grateful for the friendship and support they offer to Jamie constantly.  

"Jamie wouldn't be as happy and optimistic if it wasn't for these friendships and the care and support of his health team. 

"He has been poorly at times over the last four years, and we have had many trips to Crosshouse where he has received emergency and planned treatment.

"I never thought Jamie would ever get to a stage where he would feel fit enough to be able to complete a 10k run, but he has been so fit and healthy lately and he wanted to give something back to the hospital where he's spent many days." 

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Rebekah McGinn, fundraiser for the Crosshouse Children's Fund, added: "We are immensely grateful to these eight boys for their remarkable efforts in raising funds for babies and children across Ayrshire.

"Stories like these reinforce the incredible spirit of the Ayrshire community and we're glad Jamie has such brilliant friends who have been with him every step of his journey."