Group prepare to cycle for Catherine

Catherine Melrose
Catherine Melrose

A group of 20 local people are getting ready to take on a cycle challenge to raise money and awareness of Anthony Nolan.

Erica Niven and her family, along with 16 others, will be cycling the Formartine railway from Dyce to Peterhead on Saturday, June 21.

Erica explained: “We are all keen cyclists and we wanted to find something we enjoyed doing that could also become a fundraiser.

“I am good friends of Sam Melrose, and her daughter Catherine is like a daughter to me so we decided to arrange the cycle on behalf of Anthony Nolan.

“I never realised how much money each transplant costs so the money we raise will go towards helping them and we also want to raise awareness of the donor register and hopefully get more people to sign up.”

Catherine Melrose was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia in January last year when she was just 16-years-old.

She spent the first four months in hospital for chemotherapy but unfortunately it wasn’t successful but she was later referred for a stem cell transplant in May.

Her mother Samantha said: “Since Catherine’s diagnosis, we organised a number of events including our popular Ladies Night and Ball Night and it has spiralled from there.

“Since January last year we have raised just over £51,000 for Anthony Nolan and Catherine is delighted that Erica, her family and friends will be doing this bike run on her behalf.”

Erica added: “I have helped Sam and Catherine organise events in the past but this time we wanted to do something on our behalf to show our support.

“Our cocker spaniel will be coming along and will be the mascot for the day.”

Erica is inviting members of the public to join them if they have a sponsor form but they must arrange their own transport.

Alternatively donations can be given at Crimond Pharmacy, Crimond Surgery or online at www.justgiving.com/erica-niven.

To sign up or get more information, visit the Cycle for Catherine Facebook page.