Buchan folk set to undertake ‘Cycle for Catherine’ fundraiser

Last year's Cycle for Catherine proved to be a huge success.
Last year's Cycle for Catherine proved to be a huge success.

Around 50 riders from across the North-east are to undertake a sponsored cycle ride in aid of Anthony Nolan.

The ‘Cycle for Catherine’ fundraiser raised more than £6,000 for the charity last year, with this year’s effort- set to take place on Saturday, June 27, set to smash that total.

In 2014 riders cycled from Dyce to Peterhead, with Blue Toon teenager, Catherine Melrose, joining the ride at the end.

Catherine was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia in 2013 and was told she needed a stem cell transplant.

The search for a donor was launched, but sadly Catherine lost her battle and died in June 2014 - just shortly before her 18th birthday.

Erica Niven, who is organising the Cycle for Catherine event, told the Buchanie: “Catherine joined us at the end of our cycle last year and was so proud of everyone’s efforts.

“Unfortunately, however, she didn’t have long left with us and sadly passed away eight days later.

“I spent Catherine’s last days with her and she asked me to continue doing the cycle every year to help raise money for other families that need the help she received.

“This is a promise I intend to keep.”

This year’s cycle will start in Dyce on the railway line, with everyone meeting at 9.30am for a 10am start.

The finish line will be at the Country Park Hotel in Mintlaw.

There will be goodie bags and a balloon release in Catherine’s memory and a small prize-giving at the finish line, before a family disco takes place in the evening.

Tickets are available from the hotel priced at £5 for adults and £2.50 for children.

While the cycle takes place, there will be stalls and a spit-test station at the Country Park Hotel, with representatives from Anthony Nolan on hand of offer advice.

The fair will run from 12pm to 2.30pm, with the stem sell samples taken from 12 noon to 3.30pm for those aged 16 to 30.

A justgiving page has been set up for anyone who wishes to give donations to the cause.

This can be found at www.justgiving.com/catherinescycle

Erica added: “Anyone who has difficulty in getting their bike to Dyce can arrange with us to get it delivered there.

“There will be drop-off points at the old Decca station at Tortorston and 7 Angus Gardens, Fetterangus. This can be done on the Friday evening at either address, no later than 8pm.”

Since Catherine’s death her friends and family have worked tirelessly to promote and raise funds for Anthony Nolan and to-date more than £100,000 has been raised through a variety of fundraisers.