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Charity donations for football entry

Football fans gave money to charity instead of paying an entry fee Credit: ITV Border

A Scottish Borders football club has been accepting charitable donations instead of entry fees today.

Gala Fairydean Rovers asked fans to donate cash to local charity Scottish H.A.R.T., who raise awareness of heart conditions.

It's part of an initiative by the club to have more involvement with the community through charities and projects, such as the Borders Railway.

They hope to have similar fundraisers in future.

We hope to increase the numbers of people engaging with us at Gala Fairydean Rovers, and raise awareness about worthwhile charities such as Scottish H.A.R.T. This club already had defibrillators that were donated by Scottish H.A.R.T. to make sure that our players are safe. It's an issue that needs to be highlighted and we are glad that we are able to do that"

– Graeme McIver, Gala Fairydean Rovers FC
Entry fees are being donated to Scottish H.A.R.T. Credit: ITV Border

Heart disease and strokes deaths down almost 50%

Heart monitor Credit: PA

The numbers of deaths from heart disease and strokes in Scotland have fallen by 43% over the past 10 years.

Statistics from Information Services Division Scotland show that the numbers of people suffering from coronary heart disease incidents, such as heart attacks, has also gone down.

In the Borders, the number of incidents since 2002 have fallen by 4%.

In Dumfries and Galloway, there have been 28% fewer incidents since 2002.