Cycle challenge raises thousands in memory of Gary Stewart

Scott, Michael and their supporters meet Chris Patterson at Murrayfield.
Scott, Michael and their supporters meet Chris Patterson at Murrayfield.

Thousands of pounds have been raised through a charity bike run in memory of young local man Gary Stewart.

Gary’s cousin, Scott Cruickshank, and their friend, Michael Bain, took part in a fund-raising cycling challenge last September.

The challenge saw the pair cover over 1,300 miles as they cycled to every Scottish League and Highland League football ground in the country.

Scott and Michael took two weeks to complete the endurance challenge, cycling from Wick in the north to Berwick in the Borders.

They were supported on the bike run by Scott’s dad, Bill; George Webster, a family friend; and Karen and Gavin Cowie.

The cycling duo had three main sponsors for the event: Wild Well Control, Bond Offshore Helicopters and GGC Fluid Services.

Thanks to Scott and Michael’s efforts, and the generosity of local people, the cycling event raised the fantastic sum of £6,027.

Following Gary’s death, his family set up a foundation which has raised thousands of pounds - including from the cycle challenge - for CRY, or ‘Cardiac Risk in the Young’.

Gary, who lived near Fetterangus, was just 22 when he died from an undiagnosed heart defect in December 2011.

Since then, the Gary Stewart Memorial Trophy darts tournament has been held in his memory.

This year’s Trophy event was held on Saturday, April 4, at Fetterangus Hall.

The whole-day event included a raffle, licensed bar, sports auction and a disco at night.

Gary’s mum, dad and brother are all involved with the Memorial Trophy committee, along with his cousins and friends.

To-date, the Memorial committee has raised £35,000 for CRY.

Commenting on his cycle challenge and the wider fund-raising effort, Scott told the Buchanie: “It’s been brilliant. The generosity shown by our whole community has been incredible.

“Gary’s friends have done a number of different things to raise money.

“We’ve had people do the West Highland Way, the Copenhagen Marathon and one guy has just done a sky-dive in Dubai, and this will be our third darts tournament as well.”

For further information about the Gary Stewart Memorial Trophy, visit the event’s Facebook page.