Macmillan cycle raises nearly £5000

Lindsey's cheque to Macmillan.
Lindsey's cheque to Macmillan.
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Two north east Fife couples have helped raise nearly £5000 by taking part in a 150-mile sponsored cycle across the north of England.

Lindsey and Michael Alexander, of Cupar, and Eleanor and Iain Porter, from Dunshelt, took part in the Coast 2 Coast cycle challenge in memory of Lindsey’s uncle Alex Quinn, who died from cancer in October.

Joined by other friends and family including Lindsey’s brother Barry, of Kirkcaldy, and sponsored by Centro One Refrigeration of Cupar, who loaned the team a van for their trip, the cyclists completed the route from Whitehaven in Cumbria to Tynemouth on the North Sea coast, in two-and-a-half days.

Although gift aid donations have not yet been counted, Lindsey said the group hoped to have raised around £5000 for Macmillan, a charity which her uncle praised for helping him through his illness.

She said: “The cycle was quite tough in parts especially the 1900ft ascent of the Hartside Summit in lashing rain, but we saw some beautiful scenery passing through the Lake District and we had a great welcome in to the finish line thanks to a team doing the same route for Help for Heroes!”

“We are really grateful to everyone who sponsored us and very, very grateful to Tony Pantos of Centro Refrigeration for the use of his van; we couldn’t have done without it!”

Lindsey added that the cheque was presented to Macmillan at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh where her uncle worked for over 30 years.

Macmillan fund-raiser Jayne Forbes said: “We are incredibly grateful to Lindsey, Barry and Rosie, and everyone involved in the event for thinking of Macmillan and raising this fantastic amount of money in memory of Alex.

“This event, and others like it, will ensure we can continue to provide our vital services to people living with cancer.

“We help people in many ways, from specialist nurses and doctors, to support and advice for people who have financial worries.

“Ninety six per cent of our funding comes from the public so our work would not be possible without this kind of support.”

Donations can still be made online at www.tributefunds.macmillan.com – search for ‘Alex’ Quinn’.