Bike challenge set to raise cash for charity

The group will be taking on an epic bike challenge later this year in aid of various charities.
The group will be taking on an epic bike challenge later this year in aid of various charities.

A group of friends from Peterhead will be taking on an epic bike challenge this summer to raise cash for various charites.

Johnnie Walker and his good friends Kenny and Fiona Fowlie, and their son Peter will bike the 80 miles from Peterhead to Dyce and back to raise money for cancer charity CLAN.

Their inspiration came from Johnny’s wife Morag, who is currently undergoing chemotherapy treatment after being diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer last year.

The friends want to support Morag on her journey so they decided to get together to raise as much money as possible for the charity.

Diane Wedderburn will be taking on the challenge in aid of Breast Cancer Care.

Diane chose the charity to honour Morag Walker and another friend, Jackie Buchan.

Jackie’s family have a history of breast cancer and Breast Cancer Care have provided much needed support in the past.

Diane’s husband Robbie, meanwhile, will be raising money for Crohn’s and Colitis UK.

Robbie chose his charity because he has suffered from Ulcerative Colitis for many years and on his 40th birthday he had his colon removed.

Crohn’s and Colitis UK were a huge support to Robbie therefore he wants to give something back to them.

The group has already started training and plan to do the bike run in early June this year.

Speaking of her life living with breast cancer, Morag Walker (46), told the Buchanie: “I was diagnosed with breast cancer on October 29 last year - the devastating news that you never expect to hear.

“That day changed my life forever, all I could think about was my children, husband and family.

“My daughter Leah turned 13 the next day after I was diagnosed and my son Harrison is only 15 and my oldest son Connor is 19.

“I underwent a double mastectomy on October 29. The next step is chemotherapy once every three weeks with a total of six sessions which I am going through right now.

“I have massive support from my husband and our kids have been amazing.

“My mum and dad have helped my so much too. All my friends have been great and I’ve met in with some amazing new friends on my journey.

“I also feel very supported and encouraged by the ladies at CLAN. This is why I want to raise as much money as possible for such a worthy local Peterhead based charity,” she added.

Morag has got together a team of 15 friends ‘Morag’s Bosom Buddies’ to raise money for the Peterhead Relay for Life, to be held in July.

To help raise money for this, Diane Wedderburn and Britt Hyman of Balance Budz are launching their new exercise classes ‘Boogie Budz’ in early March and all proceeds from their launch event will go to Morag’s Relay for Life fund.

Morag is also planning a coffee morning in the Spring.