A KEEN Kirkcaldy cyclist is about to embark on the trip of a lifetime from Land’s End to John O’Groats in aid of Love Oliver.
Douglas Aitken (47) is a trustee at the charity which was set up in memory of 24-week-old Fifer Oliver Gill, who died from a rare form of childhood cancer on Christmas Day 2010.
He is set to take on the mammoth 874 miles trek with the charity’s ambassador Graeme Lundberg on July 6, but despite the hard work ahead Douglas knows it will all be worth it in the end.
“We are aiming to do it in about nine days and we’re both looking to raise as much as possible for the charity,” he told the Press.
“I put I would like to raise £2,500 and I’m already £1,700 into that.
“Every bit of money raised goes straight towards two really important aspects - one is funding research into aggressive childhood cancers and the other is providing very practical help to families who are affected.
“My wife nursed Oliver when he was ill so we came to know the family really very well.
“When he died on Christmas Day 2010 my wife went out from 7.30 a.m. and she wasn’t back until the afternoon.”
Douglas, a director at Peak Performance in Mitchelston Industrial Estate, already helps the charity out as a trustee as his background is in finance but he feels this will be another way for him to do his bit, as well as challenge himself.
“I’ve never done anything like this before,” he continued.
“Even the average of just over 100 miles a day that we are planning I’ve never even cycled that in one day before but I have been doing a lot of training.”
A fundraising page has been set up at https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/douglasaitken1. For more information on Love Oliver visit www.loveoliver.org.uk.