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Celtic fan Kye Taylor wears Rangers strip and Morelos mask during final Cash for Kids sponsored 5k run


By Garry McCartney

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A familiar face to anyone that follows Scottish football.
A familiar face to anyone that follows Scottish football.

A LOCAL football fan donned the kit of his favourite team's rivals to mark the final push of his charity fundraiser.

Kinloss resident, Kye Taylor (38), took part in last month's Cash for Kids campaign by pledging to run 5k-a-day each day during September ... and wore the Royal blue of Rangers in full view of astonished friends and family while completing his final leg on Thursday, September 31.

The Celtic fan said: "I saved wearing the full kit and and a mask of their striker Alfredo Morelos for my last run as it was for around £300 in sponsorship. It took me nearly 30 minutes to pick the top up then put it on - I almost couldn't do it!"

Most of Kye's runs were around Kinloss but he chose to run through Forres High Street for the last one.

Kye parading the red, white and blue of Rangers through the high street.
Kye parading the red, white and blue of Rangers through the high street.

The railway engineer and father of three said: "The reactions were as I expected: cars beeping and people I know laughing and giving me stick. It's certainly not something I'll ever be wearing again!"

Kye also completed the challenge while carrying a football-related injury throughout the month.

He said: "Fitness was a real question for me as I was running with a groin strain. It felt fine while on the move but whenever I stopped and cooled down it was painful and some days I struggled to tie my laces!

"I'm still battling the injury but I’m almost a stone lighter and I feel a lot fitter."

Kye is grateful to everyone who sponsored his daily runs.
Kye is grateful to everyone who sponsored his daily runs.

Kye set a target total of £250 but has so far raised more than £1900.

He said: "Cash for Kids is an amazing cause - all the money that's raised stays local. They have applications for help totalling over £60,000, including plenty in Forres to consider.

"I've been blown away by the support and generosity from everybody who has donated. Thank you to everyone who gave me the push I needed to see my 150k challenge through."

Donations can still be made to https://www.cashforkidsgive.co.uk/campaign/dan-grace-5k-a-day-2021/fundraisers/kye-taylor/ until October 14.



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