Buchan honour for Toon charity cyclist

Martin Bagshaw is presented with the Pride of Buchan award
Martin Bagshaw is presented with the Pride of Buchan award

A Peterhead man has been given the Pride of Buchan award after raising £21,000 for charity by cycling to every stadium in the SPFL.

Martin Bagshaw raised the money for Sands after two of his friends sadly gave birth to a stillborn son Archie on Boxing Day last year.

The Turriff's stovies night at the Palace helped raise �3,000

The Turriff's stovies night at the Palace helped raise �3,000

Martin said: “Initially all I wanted to do was help Mark and Lisa through their sad time but this has grown and become so much more.

“The money we have raised is enough for Sands to support 697 families in there time of need.”

Martin originally planned to raise £5,000 by cycling 600 miles around all the stadiums in the SPFL but thanks hard work and the generosity of others he more than quadrupled his target.

He said: “Thank you to everyone who is now reading this, you have all played your part.

“Thanks for sponsoring; sharing; liking; retweeting;buying raffles; attending our events and your kind words and outstanding support.”

Martin also thanked Brian and Heather Turriff who held a Sands Stovie Dance For Archie at the Palace Hotel on Halloween which raised £3,000 for the charity.

Councillor Stuart Pratt, who presented Martin with the award, said: “To raise £21,000 for charity is a tremendous achievement.

“We give the award to people who have gone that extra mile and proven that the Buchan area is a good place to live and work.”

Martin started training for his Sands SPFL Cycle for Archie just after New Year and eleven months later he knows the experience has been worth all the effort he has put into it.

Martin said: “Apart from marrying my best friend Lyndsey Bagshaw this is the greatest achievement of my life.

“Mark, Lisa, Lennon, Archie and Finn this was for you.”

He added: “Thank you Mark and Lisa Hay for letting me do this in Archie’s memory - it’s been an honour.”