Kian helps charity with pedal power

Kian Murphy who completed a cycle from his house to Largo and back in aid of Anthony Nolan.' Picture by FPA
Kian Murphy who completed a cycle from his house to Largo and back in aid of Anthony Nolan.' Picture by FPA

A generous little boy from Buckhaven has put the wheels in motion to raise hundreds of pounds for charity.

Nine-year-old Kian Murphy donned his helmet and specially designed t-shirt for the charity cycle from his home in the town’s Mavis Bank, all the way along the coast to Largo and back - a not-to-be-sniffed at thirteen miles.

The cycle, carried out earlier this month with his mum Caroline and her partner Barry, was organised in aid of Anthony Nolan, a national charity which matches people willing to donate blood stem cells or bone marrow with those who are in desperate need of a transplant.

The charity has special meaning to the family as Barry’s mum Jean Low was diagnosed with leukaemia in 2014.

Thankfully, Anthony Nolan was able to match her with a donor and although the family has still to wait a month for the final results, Jean is feeling much better.

Caroline said it was Jean who inspired the family to fundraise.

“She’s well known in the area and well-liked. She has just been a total inspiration to everyone.”

Caroline kicked off the money raising activities with a bungee dressed as a superhero and a few cake stalls last year to raise cash for Ward 34 at Kirkcaldy’s Victoria Hospital.

After helping his mum with the baking, Kian expressed a desire to do something all of his own.

“He said to me, ‘I wish kids could something’, and I told him ‘You can - what would you like to do?’

“He said he was good on his bike and that he could cycle to Leven, so he asked how far Largo was!

“He did it with me and my partner Barry and it was a really good day.”

Kian has received lots of support from family and friends and the wider community, with the local shop setting up a tub which customers could put a few pennies into as well.

“He had set a goal of raising about £100,” said Caroline. “But we’ve gone past that and we’re up to around £400 now with more to come in - I think we might even make the £500 mark.

“When I told him how much we had raised, Kian was delighted. He said “Wow that’s loads of money!”

The family is still collecting in donations and if you would like to contribute, a Just Giving page has been set up. Head to https://www.justgiving.com/KianMurphy9/