A Madras College teacher is going hog wild to tackle ‘‘Maggie’s Monster’’.
Paul Gibbins and his three younger brothers have taken on the ‘‘monster’’ in aid of Maggie’s Centres.
A teacher in the department of additional support at the St Andrews school, Paul was diagnosed with throat cancer in February 2010 and successfully came through a regime including chemotherapy, radiotherapy and surgery at Ninewells Hospital, Dundee.
In early September he was given the all clear and began the road to recovery.
The brothers - Paul, Neil, Stephen and Christopher - lost their father to cancer in 2009. Thanks to Paul’s encouragement, however, they have decided to get together and raise money to support the work of the Maggie’s centres throughout Britain, calling themselves ‘‘the Wild Hogs’’ after the motorcycle buddy film starring John Travolta.
Monster 2011 is the ultimate fundraising experience with participants completing a 30-mile cycle and then choosing to hike eight (bronze), 22 (silver) or 43-miles (gold).
The event was held amidst some of Scotland’s most awe-inspiring scenery.
Starting under the shadow of Ben Nevis in Fort William, it proceeded along the Caledonian Canal and the Great Glen Way, offering views of Loch Ness, en route to Inverness.
This will be the eighth year of the Monster Bike and Hike, with over £3.6 million raised to date.
Paul said: “We have done individual events for cancer charities since our father died but, after my experience, I realise just how lucky I have been and how great it would be to do something for a cancer charity as a family.
‘‘The Monster Bike and Hike gives us a chance to have a weekend away and see a bit of Scotland at the same time.”
To find out more about Maggie’s and Monster 2011 visit www.maggiescentres.org/monster, call the Supporter Care Team on 0300 123 1801 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org