Cycle ride in memory of David Hill

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A charity cycle ride next month will mark the second anniversary of a Dumfries man’s death while playing rugby in Ireland.

And the pedalling fundraisers will raise awareness of sudden cardiac death by visiting 11 secondary schools across the region en route.

Former St Joseph’s College pupil David Hill played for Dumfries Saints Rugby Club before a career in politics working for several MSPs at Holyrood.

He was also one of the founding members of the parliamentary rugby team.

The 30-year-old collapsed on March 19, 2022 while taking part in a cross party rugby match for Holyrood against Dail and Seanad XV at the Donnybrook Stadium in Dublin, and subsequently died from a previously undiagnosed heart condition.

Almost two years on, members of parliament from both nations will compete in a match at the same Dublin stadium on March 16 for the David Hill Memorial Quaich – donated by his family.