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PRI Cheque Presentation in Memory of Businessman Jim Graham

KERRI Graham was determined to go the extra mile in memory of her beloved grandpa. 

So the Blairgowrie student and rookie runner - daughter of former Perthshire Chamber of Commerce president Ross - set her sights on tackling the Edinburgh Marathon. 

Kerri (20), in the fourth year of a Digital and Interactive Design degree at the University of Dundee, wanted to show her gratitude to NHS staff who cared for well-known Perthshire businessman Jim Graham, the founder of Graham Environmental Services. 

“I wanted to do something in memory of grandpa and also  raise money for the nurses and care staff in the Haematology/Oncology Department at Perth Royal Infirmary who cared for him wonderfully well as he fought his terminal illness,” explained Kerri, who combines studies with a part-time front of house role at Blairgowrie Golf Club. 

“I decided to attempt a marathon on a whim, really. I had  never really run before but friends and family were very supportive.” 

After months of gruelling training, Kerri admits she was devastated when the pandemic put paid to the 2021 marathon. 

“I thought I’d have to wait until next year. But thankfully the organisers announced we could run remotely as long as the distance and route were recorded using a fitness app on the phone.” 

Kerri completed the daunting 26.2 mile challenge on rural roads around Blairgowrie. 

And she was thrilled to present a £2000 cheque to PRI staff thanks to the generosity of family, friends and local businesses. 

“I couldn’t believe how much was raised. Everyone was so supportive. 

“The money will be used to buy a computer on wheels for the use of patients undergoing care in the unit,” explained Kerri. 

Kerri Graham and proud grandmother Anna Graham are pictured handing over a £2000 cheque to PRI nurses and care staff Lynn Thomson, Susan Thomson, Trish Irvine and Lorraine Herbert in memory of Big County businessman Jim Graham.

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